Curious Punishments of Bygone Days (ISBN 1-406-79647-6) was a history book published in 1896; it was written by Alice Morse Earle and printed by Herbert S. Stone & Company. Earle was a historian of Colonial America, and she writes in her introduction:
- "In ransacking old court records, newspapers, diaries and letters for the historic foundation of the books which I have written on colonial history, I have found and noted much of interest that has not been used or referred to in any of those books. An accumulation of notes on old-time laws, punishments and penalties has evoked this volume."
As the title suggests, the subject of the chapters is various archaic punishments.
Table of contents
- The Bilboes
- The Ducking Stool
- The Stocks -(Morse seems to make a distinction between stocks for the feet, in the Stocks chapter, and stocks for the head, described in the Pillory article- which itself clashes with the modern day understanding of a pillory as a whipping post)
- The Pillory
- Punishments of Authors and Books
- The Whipping Post
- The Scarlet Letter
- Branks and Gags
- Public Penance
- Military Punishments
- Branding and Maiming