The A-Z of Punishment and Torture
"From the ancient world to the present day, man has imposed his will on others to punish or control. The A to Z of Punishment and Torture is an insight into the bizarre and brutal methods which have been inflicted on others over the centuries. Humour and horror sit side by side - the first gibbets chopped off heads with such vigour that they often bounced like balls into the spectators. There is a wealth of rich and often ribald folklore and gallows humour, shocking accounts of the dark deeds of the notorious Vlad the Impaler and descriptions of the ingenious devices of utmost cruelty. The Iron Maiden, for example, crushed victims in her deadly embrace, impaling them on spikes." "Irene Thompson's compelling, but often gruesome, account covers punishments from A-Z, right up to today's comparatively lenient Asbos and Zero Tolerance."--BOOK JACKET.
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