Forty lashes: The comparison of court punishments in early modern England and colonial Virginia
Celeste, Renee Therese
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This thesis concerns the differences in court punishments between early modern England and colonial Virginia in the 17th century. It analyzes why court punishments differed greatly between the two areas. This was accomplished by researching and analyzing years of court records of both regions in order to show their differences. It concludes that there were divergences in the ultimate goals of the court systems, particularly when it came to labor. This work builds off the work of other historians but is significant in its scope, which focuses on the legal system and specifically its court ordered punishments.