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Capital punishment is an old common — it's been practiced at some point soon within the historical past of almost all recognized societies and areas. that's not to assert, notwithstanding, that it truly is an historic consistent — the use, shape, functionality and which means of execution has different drastically throughout various historic contexts. this can be likewise actual for an incredible — even supposing rather overlooked — point of capital punishment: the destiny of the felony physique after execution. This bankruptcy is an creation to the amount.

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80 Some offenders were certainly terrified by the prospect of post-mortem punishment. ‘I have kill’d the best wife that ever man lay by,’ Vincent Davis told a London constable during his arrest in 1725. ’81 Shortly before the highwayman John Taylor was hanged in Boston in 1788, he was visited in jail by an unnamed doctor, who wished to ‘bargain’ for his body. 82 The fear elicited by post-mortem punishments was therefore at least in part that it might in fact involve a physically painful end. But the fear and dishonour also resulted from popular understandings of death and the afterlife – a belief that torments could indeed extend beyond the final breath of life.

Beier, David Cannadine and James Rosenheim (eds), The First Modern Society: Essays in Honour of Lawrence Stone (Cambridge, 1989), pp. 305–56. David Garland, ‘The Problem of the Body in Modern State Punishment’, Social Research: An International Quarterly 78 (2011), 779–80. Norbert Elias, The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners and State Formation and Civilization (translated by Edmund Jephcott, Oxford, 1994). Especially noteworthy are Gatrell, The Hanging Tree; Randall McGowen, ‘Revisiting The Hanging Tree: Gatrell on Emotion and History’, British Journal of Criminology 40 (2000), 1–13; J.

For the increased use of hanging in chains in eighteenth-century England and Wales, see J. S. Cockburn, ‘Punishment and Brutalisation in the English Enlightenment’, Law and History Review 12 (1994), 167; Peter King, ‘Hanging not Punishment Enough’: The Criminal Corpse, the Criminal Justice System and Aggravated Forms of the Death Penalty in England, 1700–1840 (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming); Sarah Tarlow, Hung in Chains: The Golden and Ghoulish Age of the Gibbet in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

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