Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse [electronic resource] /by Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman.
Contributor(s): Battell Lowman, Emma [author.] | SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: BookSeries: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife: Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.Edition: 1st ed. 2018.Description: X, 273 p. 31 illus. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319779089.Subject(s): Great Britain—History | History | Crime—Sociological aspects | Historical sociology | Social history | History of Britain and Ireland | History of Science | Crime and Society | Historical Sociology | Social HistoryDDC classification: 941 Online resources: Click here to access online
SECTION ONE: THE CRIMINAL CORPSE IN HISTORY -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Power of the Criminal Corpse in the Medieval World -- 3. How was the Power of the Criminal Corpse Harnessed in Early Modern England? -- SECTION TWO: THE WORLD OF THE MURDER ACT -- 4. Murder and the Law, 1752-1832 -- 5. Anatomisation and Dissection -- 6. Hanging in Chains -- SECTION THREE: THE LEGACY OF THE CRIMINAL CORPSE -- 7. Seeking the Physical Remains of the Criminal Corpse -- 8. Folk Beliefs and Popular Tales -- 9. Conclusions: Ethics, Bullet Points and Other Ways of Telling -- Index.
This open access book is the culmination of many years of research on what happened to the bodies of executed criminals in the past. Focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it looks at the consequences of the 1752 Murder Act. These criminal bodies had a crucial role in the history of medicine, and the history of crime, and great symbolic resonance in literature and popular culture. Starting with a consideration of the criminal corpse in the medieval and early modern periods, chapters go on to review the histories of criminal justice, of medical history and of gibbeting under the Murder Act, and ends with some discussion of the afterlives of the corpse, in literature, folklore and in contemporary medical ethics. Using sophisticated insights from cultural history, archaeology, literature, philosophy and ethics as well as medical and crime history, this book is a uniquely interdisciplinary take on a fascinating historical phenomenon.