Saturday, 5 January 2013

Medieval Gibbet

Gibbet (Gibbeting) is a bit of a cover all word as it basically means  "a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of executed criminals were hung on public display to deter other existing or potential criminals."
There were quite a few methods and types, ranging from just dangling the excecuted /dying person from a rope to the specially constructed cages. Sometimes they were also used to punish the victim for a small crime.
In this case,  the person would only spend a couple of days in the cage, although depending on the time of year (weather) and the health of the person, this could lead to death.
A couple of pics against another background.
The construction of the cage (thin card) wasn´t as difficult as I thought it would be. If  anyone´s interested I can make an "how to"