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The edict doesn't say what "mild" or "sharp" welcomes mean, but I found this in an academic book about the history of prisons in Bremen: For unpaid fines between 150 and 550 Reichstaler, imprisonment for eight months to two years (depending on the sum owed), but "without welcome and farewell". than fictions Through an irresistible brush with the supernatural, a lonely young girl enters into an incredible odyssey—a mystical double life—not merely the fantasy or escape she expects, but a strange, wonderful and enchanting means by which she fulfills her most heartfelt desires for romance, friendship and popularity.

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I can't see a Schandpfahl (whipping post) or a fixed public pranger (pillory) in front of the Town Hall. However, there does appear to be a form of public shaming in a type of pillory going on just about where Doris's first whipping would have taken place: For unpaid fines between 550 and 1150 Reichstaler, imprisonment for two to three years, plus "mild welcome and farewell".This is fascinating for me, but may not be to anybody else as there is no explicit forum-relevant content -- please ignore unless you're following me down the wormhole of my Doris Ritter obsession.

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Wilhelmine wasn't really interested in the fate of commoners and mentions Doris only in passing as hearsay from a courtier (" ... a mistress of the Crown Prince was whipped and banished ..."), but the below extract does contain near-verbatim the above conversation from the novel in a different context: By 1838, Rhode Island had replaced corporal punishment like whipping with a plan for its first state prison. But according to local lore, the scourging of women ceased in Tiverton decades before, when a group of the town’s women engaged in civil disobedience to save one of their own from sharing the painful fate of Jane Tobes. I'm not Jewish, and all I know of this is from a superficial google search, but apparently, according to Talmudic law in Makkot 22a, "forty lashes less one" was the maximum flogging sentence. The rationale was that if the convicted was sentenced to forty lashes exactly, there was the potential for a miscount, with the danger of giving the convict a lash too many, and thus violating God's law.Well, I think that would be the obvious sequel to the Doris whipping story. After all, she did spend more than three years in the Spandau Spinnhaus after her whipping so would have experienced all sorts of corporal punishments there. As it was behind closed doors, the historical record isn't quite as good unfortunately. If Heinrich is right, the punishment meted out to Doris was considered even at the time to be wildly over the top compared to the supposed offence, and a sign of temporary insanity by the King.

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It's interesting to me that the governments of many other countries, including Germany and England, which, though Christian, supported a literal interpretation of the bible, ignored this particular stricture. As they did many others, of course. I suppose the justification was that they applied only to legalistic Jews and certainly not to the far more compassionate and enlightened believers in the New Testament, who were free to punish miscreants with hundreds of lashes. Thanks, Jon and elphas. Using the online index to the King's edicts is a bit like collecting clues to piece together a crime story.The Town Hall, where Doris was taken after her arrest on 1 September 1730, where she was interrogated by two army officers (a Leutnant and a Fähnrich), where she was held for seven days, and where she then received her first public whipping. I wasn't going to post this as I figure I have already posted enough 18th century book German scans in gothic typeface, but Jon's post ties in nicely with yet another book I've found at Google Books. This one has the grand Latin title of " Theatrum Poenarum, Suppliciorum Et Executionum Criminalium", or " The Theatre of capital and corporal punishments, which were not only in use in ancient times by all peoples and tribes, but are also still now being common at all four corners of the World", written and self-published by Jacob Döpler in 1697 (33 years before Doris's whipping).

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