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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, the Halifax Gibbet, was being used in England five hundred years before the guillotine was invented. Boiling to death was a prescribed means of execution in this country during the Tudor period. From the public death by starvation of those gibbeted alive, to the burning of women for petit treason, this book examines some of the most gruesome passages of British history.

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    A Family Affair?

    A short but enjoyable, if you are interested in such things, of methods of capital punishment that have been used in Merry Older England. A gruesome and maybe a bit odd subject for a book. There are also a few potted biographies of a number of executioners, of which some are my ancestors, so that explains my interest.


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