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In large parts of early modern Europe, the pillory or stocks (French pilori or carcan, German Pranger, Italian gogna) was a widespread instrument used to punish violations of norms (Social discipline); the term also denoted a venue of the court of law. It represents a broad spectrum of penalties (Punishment) designed to publicly dishonor the offender (Honor, loss of; see Honor, fig. 1). Recent scholarship distinguishes two basic types: shaming punishment, imposed by the courts of inferior j…

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Schwerhoff, Gerd, “Pillory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025790>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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