Title illustration of Emperor Karl V “peinlicher Gerichtsordnung”, criminal laws compendium, XVI century - Vintage Nostalgia
Title illustration of Emperor Karl V “peinlicher Gerichtsordnung”, criminal laws compendium, XVI century

The “peinlicher Gerichtsordnung” (“Constitutio Criminalis Carolina”, 1530) was the first body of German criminal law, prescribing the procedure for judgment of capital crimes. It sanctioned, among the rest, death by fire for witchcraft and the use of torture to obtain … Continued

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XVI century, copper engraving, “Strife” - Vintage Nostalgia
XVI century, copper engraving, “Strife”

Copper engraving by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550). The Latin caption reads, more or less, “Despicable stinginess and private benefits subvert the public good with the silent approval of the law”. Nothing new under the sun…

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