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Golden and Ghoulish Age of the Gibbet in Britain - by Sarah Tarlow (Hardcover)
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This book is the first academic study of the post-mortem practice of gibbeting (‘hanging in chains’), since the nineteenth century. Gibbeting involved placing the executed body of a malefactor in an iron cage and suspending it from a tall post. A body might remain in the gibbet for many decades, while it gradually fell to pieces. Hanging in chains was a very different sort of post-mortem punishment from anatomical dissection, although the two were equal alternatives in the eyes of the law. Where dissection obliterated and de-individualised the body, hanging in chains made it monumental and rooted it in the landscape, adding to personal notoriety. Focusing particularly on the period 1752-1832, this book provides a summary of the historical evidence, the factual history of gibbetting which explores the locations of gibbets, the material technologies involved in hanging in chains, and the actual process from ****** to eventual collapse. It also considers the meanings, effects and legacy of this gruesome practice.
Number of Pages: 155
Genre: Political Science
Series Title: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and Its Afterlife
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Sarah Tarlow
Street Date: December 29, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-4453
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