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Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
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Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834

Authors: Bennett, Rachel E.

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  • Provides the first extensive investigation of the use of capital punishment in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Scotland
  • Utilises Scottish court records and draws upon previously untapped resources related to crime and punishment in this period
  • Provides an innovative investigation of the post-mortem punishment of the criminal corpse
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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

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.   

About the authors

Rachel E. Bennett is Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research interests include various aspects of Britain’s criminal history including capital punishment and the post-mortem punishment of the criminal body, the intersections of medicine and the criminal justice system and medical care in women’s prisons.   

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bennett, Rachel E.

    Pages 1-25

  • Capital Punishment and the Scottish Criminal Justice System

    Bennett, Rachel E.

    Pages 29-57

  • Contextualising the Punishment of Death

    Bennett, Rachel E.

    Pages 59-92

  • Scottish Women and the Hangman’s Noose

    Bennett, Rachel E.

    Pages 93-119

  • The Spectacle of the Scaffold

    Bennett, Rachel E.

    Pages 123-158

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62018-3
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 29,12 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62017-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62018-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62018-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62017-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 237
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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