Reading Notes – February 11 Class
The body of the condemned
March 2, 1757: Grotesque details regarding Damien’s (a condemned man) punishment for a
crime he committed (amende honorable: burned, flesh peeled off, torn into quarters by horses).
The punishment took place before the Church of Paris. He repeated “Pardon, Lord”, “Jesus help
me” and “My God, have pity on me” during the painful process.
80 years later, Leon Faucher drew up his rules for the House of young prisoners in Paris:
Art. 17. The prisoner’s day was 6am-5pm, working 9 hours a day.
Art. 18. Rising - They must rise at the 1 drum roll, dress in silence, be dressed by the 2 drumnd
roll & in a line up to go to chapel for morning prayer by the 3 .
Art. 19. Prayer is conducted by a chaplain and followed by a religion reading – takes ½ hr max.
Art. 20. Work – Wake up, wash hands/face, eat ration of bread, form work-teams and go to work
Art. 21. Meal – at 10 they wash their hands and eat, after dinner they have recreation until 10:40
Art. 22. School – They take class for 2 hours – reading, writing, drawing and arithmetic
Art. 23. They have 15 minutes of recreation and then return to work again
Art. 24. Work until 4pm
Then refectory, then supper/recreation, then works again, then they have a passage read to them
by a supervisor and evening prayer, then they wash hands, undress, and get into bed.
Today, there has been a change: the disappearance of torture as thpublic spectacle. This gloomy th