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University of Pennsylvania Press, Oct 29, 1996 - History - 291 pages
Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface to the Expanded Edition -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Torture - Past and Present - and the Historian -- 1 A Delicate and Dangerous Business -- The emergence of torture in Greek law -- Torture in Roman law -- The character of Roman torture -- Roman law and Germanic societies -- 2 The Queen of Proofs and the Queen of Torments -- The legal revolution of the twelfth century -- The return of torture -- The jurisprudence of torture -- The inquisition -- Torture in the ancien régime -- 3 The Sleep of Reason -- Abolition, law and moral sensibility -- Abolition: the historians at work -- Statutory abolition -- Some comparisons -- The freeing of the law -- 4 'Engines of the State, not of Law' -- At the margins of the law -- The police and the state -- Warfare, prisoners and military intelligence -- Political crime -- Law and the state in revolutionary societies -- The discovery of Algeria -- 5 'To become, or to remain, human ... ' -- A new Enlightenment? -- The language of Eden -- After Algeria -- Room 101 - and other rooms -- Without end? -- A Bibliographical Essay -- Bibliographical Addendum: Torture-History and Practice, 1985-1995 -- Postscript, 1999 -- Appendix: Judicial Torture-Documents and Commentary -- I. The Theodosian Code, Book 9, Title 35 -- II. The Digest of Justinian, Book 48, Title 18 -- III. The Code of Justinian, Book 9, Title 41 -- IV. Augustine: The City of God, XIX. 6 -- V. The Visigothic Code: On Torture -- VI. Torture by Inquisitors: Innocent IV and Alexander IV -- VII. The Constitutio Criminalis Carolina -- VIII. The Jurisprudence of Torture: Sebastian Guazzini -- IX. John Locke: Letter on Toleration -- X. The Moral Protest: Cesare Beccaria -- XI. A Twentieth-Century Interrogator's Manual on Torture

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A Delicate and Dangerous Business
The Queen of Proofs and the Queen of Torments
The jurisprudence of torture
Torture in the ancien regime
Statutory abolition
Engines of the State not of Law
To become or to remain human
A Bibliographical Essay
Judicial TortureDocuments
The Code of Justinian Book 9 Title 41
On Torture
The Constitutio Criminalis Carolina
Letter on Toleration
A TwentiethCentury Interrogators Manual
United Nations Principles of Medical Ethics


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Edward Peters is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include The Magician, the Witch, and the Law, Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe, The First Crusade, and, with Alan C. Kors, Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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