Richard Ward's A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse PDF

By Richard Ward

ISBN-10: 1137444010

ISBN-13: 9781137444011

ISBN-10: 1349552348

ISBN-13: 9781349552344

It is a bankruptcy from A international heritage of Execution and the felony Corpse edited via Richard Ward. This bankruptcy is offered open entry below a CC via license.


Capital punishment is an historic common — it's been practiced sooner or later within the heritage of almost all identified societies and locations. that isn't to claim, even if, that it truly is an ancient consistent — the use, shape, functionality and that means of execution has different tremendously throughout assorted old contexts. this is often likewise precise for a tremendous — even if really ignored — point of capital punishment: the destiny of the felony physique after execution. This bankruptcy is an advent to the amount.

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The intersection of popular memory and capital punishment also features heavily in Stacey Hynd’s (Chapter 8) temporally wide-raging study 28 A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse of execution and post-execution display in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa, again reinforcing the point that the ‘re-membering’ of the condemned body through printed and spoken retellings could invest executions with a powerful legacy even in the absence of the physical corpse. Hynd also picks up a number of the threads raised by Clare Anderson in Chapter 6.

For although we have a detailed knowledge of the practice of capital punishment in this period, uncovering the underlying attitudes to execution and the executed body presents a much more difficult task. Our evidence is overwhelmingly of what the ruling elite thought of popular beliefs towards post-mortem punishment, much less popular belief itself, or the views of those who actually suffered such punishment. The voices of the criminals who suffered and of the crowd who witnessed such spectacles are almost always at one remove.

97. 98. 99. 100. 101. 102. 103. 104. 105. 106. 107. 108. 109. 110. 111. 112. 113. 114. 115. 35 London Evening Post, 21 March 1761. Wilf, ‘Anatomy and Punishment’, 517, 522. Evening Advertiser, 16 March 1758; Banner, The Death Penalty, p. 80. Garland, ‘Modes of Capital Punishment’. King, ‘Hanging not Punishment Enough’. See Steve Poole’s chapter in this volume and idem, ‘“A Lasting and Salutary Warning”: Incendiarism, Rural Order and England’s Last Scene of Crime Execution’, Rural History 19 (2008), 163–77.

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