The elizabethan crime and punishment was a brutal and terrifying moment for the poor and noble people, it is not a happy subject. Hundreds of spectators would witness the violent execution of another human being. The nobility had 8 common crimes including murder and spying whereas the lower classes had 9 common crimes including theft and cut purses. As simple as they sound, these crimes could lead to execution like hanging or being burnt alive. William harrison, an elizabethan agreed to this punishment and even said that this was the greatest punishment used in england. During their lifetime, 20 people were executed in the tower of london. An example of a dreadful execution is when an executioner uses an axe to chop off the head of an upper class which then holds it up in the hair to show the spectators, after the beheading, the heads are placed on stakes and placed in public places such as the london bridge. Another disturbing execution is by being hung in public and taken down after suffocation then quartered meaning the body being cut into four parts. The brank was an instrument used for free-speaking women and this instrument was like a skeleton of a helmet which clasped to the head attaching to the tongue making it hard for the women to move their tongues resulting in pain. Because of the starvation and need of money of the lower classes, people would think that they were in great danger but in a report, in 1601, the government passed the poor relief act to give them jobs and assist them. Today in our lifetime, jails are used for punishments but back in the elizabethan era, jails were only used for detention and for those who had done wrong are awaiting for the death penalty. They were also used for those who are sentenced to another country and who are waiting for their departure. There were other punishments during the elizabethan era including whipping, branding, pressing, boiling in oil water or lead which are usually reserved for poisoners and more.