Punishments of Former Days

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Waterside Press, 1992 - 175 páginas
A book written in 1939 and later discovered and rescued by Waterside Press - that gives a detailed account of the often barbaric or shameful punishments used in former times. Since this book was first published in the 1950s the description it contains of the history of crime and punishment in Britain over the previous 200 years or so has attracted interest across a wide spectrum. The work was reprinted in 1992 by Waterside Press having been out of print for decades. The contents cover a wide range of historic punishments from outlawry to the ducking stool, the pillory, stocks and whirligig to the branding iron and scold's bridle. From mutilation and torture to sanctuary and the emergence of private and then public prisons this is an essential addition to any criminal justice collection - imbued as it is by the comments of the author from the perspective of his own era, which provides for fascination in itself. Printed in the original style and format - together with a large number of the original illustrations. Quite absorbing - The book transports the reader to a time when punishments were often brutal, unrestrained and unregulated by standards, fairness or consistency. It also looks at the sometimes strange logic that was applied by judges, justices of the peace and those charged with carrying out the task.
 

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Contenido

Foreword to first edition
9
Foreword to second edition
13
Ernest Pettifer A Note
14
Crime and Punishment in the 18th century
17
Prisons in the 17th 18th and 19th centuries
26
Children and Punishments
41
Outlawry
50
The Ordeal
56
Whipping
108
Mutilation
116
Burning to Death
119
Torture
122
Peine Forte et Dure Pressing to Death
124
The Branding Iron
129
The Scolds B ridle or B rank
132
Bodyirons
135

Benefit of Clergy
62
Sanctuary
66
A Yorkshire Sanctuary
74
Deodands
81
The Gallows and the Gibbet
83
Hanging at Tyburn
89
The Pillory
93
The Stocks
100
The Ducking Stool 104
104
Punishments in a Yorkshire Town
137
Transportation
144
The Treadmill the Crank and Shotdrill
151
Oakumpicking
158
Miscellaneous Punishments
163
Boiling to Death 2 Englishry 3 Fines 4 Forfeitures 5 Penance
167
Bibliography
171
Index
172
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