In the days of bear-baiting and cock-fighting, stocks and
pillories were seen as excellent entertainment, although
perhaps less so by those imprisoned in them. They were a free
amusement for everyone, especially the lower social orders.
Audience participation was positively encouraged by the
authorities. And it was rare for stocks or pillories to remain
unoccupied for long.
The entertainment value of stocks and pillories is still very much in evidence today. For example, if you visit a medieval banquet or an American renaissance faire, you can still see people in stocks and pillories. They may not be left there all day, but the delight of the crowd in tormenting the helpless victims has not diminished over the centuries.
Click on the pictures to see a larger version.
The above pictures depict stocks and pillories in use at
American renaissance faires. The following photos were taken at historical
Finally, having fun at medieval banquets.
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