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The pranger chained the victim's neck to a pair of leg restraints fastened around the ankles. Often the chain was short so that the offender was placed in an uncomfortable half-kneeling position.
In another type of pranger (pillory), the condemned person was tied to a column that stood in the town center for public view. The pranger was only used for public humiliation as punishment, not for painful interrogation or coercion.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pranger". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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