Posts Tagged ‘1700s’

Sometime ago I chanced upon a reference to a birching tower in a book. There was no more information, but the most likely explanation that it was used for storage; or so I thought. In the History of the Rod there is a mention of birching rooms in gaols and apparently women prisoners were often […]


Part I The storm was bad. It was perhaps the worst storm Ivan could remember for the time of year. Not that it was any worse than those he had lived through over many a winter. But he did understand why many of the Prince’s men quailed in the face of it. The rain fell […]


Part I The finger of morning sun pierced the small castle windows with a cascade of beams like an accusatory fingers, each landing in a pool of golden light at intervals along the passage floor marking Sofia’s passing like theatre illuminations on a stage. Even now she felt as if her behind had been polished […]


Most of the illustrations above depict the more typical judicial flogging of Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries, but the first two illustrate a rather more unusual procedure. Picture this, if you will, a group of men and sometimes women milling around in a large room, perhaps having paid a small coin. On one […]


During the early days of satire many artists were fond of illustrating famous people getting spanked or whipped. The first image, the Royal Joke, which depicts the Prince of Wales spanking his mistress, Mrs Fitzherbert, is a typical example of this In England during the 18th century both society at large and the law had […]


The birch has a long history as an implement of punishment. It times past, before the so-called Age of Reason in the late 17th century, the boundaries between home and the workplace were blurred and so too were the relationships and boundaries of the family. Even into the 20th century in England, employees were sometimes […]


John Rackham (1682-1720), commonly known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain operating in the Bahamas during the early 18th century. He was active towards the end of the era known as the golden age of piracy. He is most remembered for two things; the design of his Jolly Roger flag, a skull with […]