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Execution: A History of Capital Punishment in Britain

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Judicial hanging is regarded by many as being the quintessentially British execution. However, many other methods of capital punishment have been used in this country; ranging from burning, beheading and shooting to crushing and boiling to death. This book explores these types of execution in detail. Readers may be surprised to learn that a means of mechanical decapitation ...more
ebook, 118 pages
Published May 17th 2014 by History Press (SC) (first published December 1st 2011)
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Paul Bryant
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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BEHEADING

Here’s one you don’t read in the Guinness Book of World Records:

The eleven blows needed to remove the Countess of Salisbury’s head might be a British record but it pales into insignificance beside some continental executions. In 1626 Count Henri de Chalais became involved in a plot to assassinate King Louis XIII of France. He was senten
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Susan
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, this looks a rather forbidding and gruesome title. However, it is one of the most informative, fascinating and, dare I say, in places humorous, books I have ever read.

Simon Webb does a great job of bringing history to life, recounting all the different methods of execution employed in Britain from the Roman occupation until the abolition of the death penalty. The first named victims of capital punishment died by decapitation and, as the author states, the problem with this metho
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Weasel
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read - it misses a few things, and refers to something that will be covered later....but isn't (no John Ellis profile, just mentions in the pierrepoint bit) and a limited bibliography.
There is also a bit of repetition, but otherwise pretty well written and I learned about a few things I did not know.
Deanne
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting book which deals with various forms of execution used in the UK in the past. Have to admit that some cases which have appeared since the death penalty was abolished make me think it should be bought back.
L Bunny Waring
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and a real page turner, considering the morbid subject matter! A good reference guide for essays too...
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