query on executing pregnant women

I understand that during the Age of Piracy, circa 17/18th Century, there was a prohibition on executing a pregnant woman, as it meant executing the unborn (and presumably innocent) child.

Was this prohibition prevalent in Mythic Europe?

That can't be conclusively answered on an RPG forum. But if interested, you can start with

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For a saga, you might look for pertinent laws in its specific region first: common law (see the article above), roman law (which had provisions to spare those pregnant from execution), langobard law and such, then research a particular law and time.


So it looks like the prohibition is an old one. Thus likely to be known in places where most local laws that are based off of Roman and/or Germanic. That is a good starting point.

Yes. Especially for law in the HRE, there is the Sachsenspiegel, book III article 3:

Men en scal ouer nen wif richten de leuendlich kint dreget hoger denne to hud onde to hare.

Translated: A wife bearing a living child must not suffer harder judgement than by "skin and hair". This allows public beating, shearing and branding - but not execution.

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Thanks for the translation.

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