The History of Torture and Execution: From Early Civilization Through Medieval Times to the Present

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Globe Pequot, 2003 - History - 192 pages
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Throughout history, cultures around the world have found justice for the most extreme crimes by condemning the guilty to death. Retribution has been sought by many methods, from beheading, garroting, entombment, and burning to modern means such as electrocution and lethal injection. For the infliction of torturous pain, even more ingenious devices have been employed. While torture has usually been carried out behind closed doors, it is only recently that executions have ceased to be a popular public spectacle.
The History of Torture and Execution examines these fascinating but grisly subjects by time, region, and method. Beginning with the often crude methods of meting out justice used by early and first-millennium civilizations, and evolving from the sadistic tools of the medieval age to the modern search for humane execution methods, controversial issues are authoritatively covered. More than 180 black-and-white and color images illustrate the many and varied engines of this final punishment, and the inclusion of stories told by the victims themselves gives chilling insight into the horrors faced by prisoners condemned to die for their crimes.
  

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Contents

CONTENTS
6
Roman Torture
20
The End of the Millennium
34
A Festival of Death
48
Branding
62
The Salem Sensation
76
Poor Houses
90
THE 2Orn CENTURY
134
Hanging and the Judicial System
148
Bloody Medieval Money
162
War Crimes of the Second World Wir
176
Conclusion
189
Copyright

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JEAN KELLAWAY was born in Yorkshire, the youngest of six children. She studied social psychology at university then achieved her ambition of becoming a journalist, first on a local paper and then for a national agency, before beginning a career as a writer. Apart from studies of social history, she has written several novels centering on Britain's criminal justice system.

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