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Author Bennett, Rachel E., author
Title Capital punishment and the criminal corpse in Scotland, 1740-1834 / Rachel E. Bennett
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
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Descript xv, 237 pages : color map ; 22 cm
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Series Palgrave historical studies in the criminal corpse and its afterlife
Palgrave historical studies in the criminal corpse and its afterlife
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
This book provides the most in-depth study of capital punishment in Scotland between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century to date. Based upon an extensive gathering and analysis of previously untapped resources, it takes the reader on a journey from the courtrooms of Scotland to the theatre of the gallows. It introduces them to several of the malefactors who faced the hangman?s noose and explores the traditional hallmarks of the spectacle of the scaffold. It demonstrates that the period between 1740 and 1834 was one of discussion, debate and fundamental change in the use of the death sentence and how it was staged in practice. In addition, the study provides an innovative investigation of the post-mortem punishment of the criminal corpse. It offers the reader an insight into the scene at the foot of the gibbets from which criminal bodies were displayed and around the dissection tables of Scotland?s main universities where criminal bodies were used as cadavers for anatomical demonstration. In doing so it reveals an intermediate stage in the long-term disappearance of public bodily punishment
Subject Capital punishment -- Scotland -- History -- 18th century
Human dissection -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Capital punishment -- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
Human dissection -- Scotland -- History -- 18th century
Scotland -- Social conditions -- 18th century
Scotland -- Social conditions -- 19th century
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