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Capital punishment is an old common — it's been practiced sooner or later within the heritage of just about all identified societies and locations. that's not to claim, besides the fact that, that it's an ancient consistent — the use, shape, functionality and which means of execution has diversified significantly throughout varied historic contexts. this can be likewise precise for a big — even supposing really overlooked — element of capital punishment: the destiny of the felony physique after execution. This bankruptcy is an advent to the quantity.

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How might very different understandings of the body, death and the afterlife, for instance, have shaped execution and the treatment of the executed body at other times and places beyond early modern Europe? The chapters in this volume provide some fresh perspectives on such questions. But before going on to introduce the chapters and highlighting some of the insights they offer, a note is first needed on the volume’s parameters and some issues of definition. 22 A Global History of Execution and the Criminal Corpse Execution and the Criminal Corpse in Global Historical Perspective Chapters 1–5 examine executions and the criminal corpse in eighteenth-century Europe and add valuable detail to our knowledge of its extent, form, function and meaning in this period.

47–50; van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, p. 101. Evans, Rituals of Retribution, p. 48; Spierenburg, The Spectacle of Suffering, p. 71; van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, pp. 91, 95. Durston, Crime and Justice in Early Modern England, p. 686; Simon Devereaux, ‘The Abolition of the Burning of Women in England Reconsidered’, Crime, History and Societies 9 (2005), 89–90, who also points out that in the most infamous example of the ‘failure’ of the executioner to dispatch the condemned mercifully – Catherine Hayes in 1726 – the decision was in fact taken explicitly by the Secretary of State, the Duke of Newcastle, who ordered the Sheriffs of London and Middlesex to make this the case.

Simon Devereaux, ‘England’s “Bloody Code” in Crisis and Transition: Executions at the Old Bailey, 1760–1837’, (unpublished research paper, 2014). I am very grateful to Simon Devereaux for sharing his unpublished paper with me. 8. Simon Devereaux, ‘Imposing the Royal Pardon: Execution, Transportation, and Convict Resistance in London, 1789’, Law and History Review 25 (2007), 123; V. A. C. Gatrell, The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770–1868 (Oxford, 1994), p. 7; Peter King and Richard Ward, ‘Rethinking Introduction 9.

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