Punishing the Criminal Corpse, 1700-1840 [electronic resource] :Aggravated Forms of the Death Penalty in England / by Peter King.
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: BookSeries: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife: Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.Edition: 1st ed. 2017.Description: XV, 212 p. 3 illus. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781137513618.Subject(s): Civilization—History | Great Britain—History | Crime—Sociological aspects | History | Social history | Cultural History | History of Britain and Ireland | Crime and Society | History of Science | Social HistoryDDC classification: 306.09 Online resources: Click here to access online
Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. ‘Hanging Not Punishment Enough’; Attitudes to Aggravated Forms of Execution and the Making of the Murder Act 1690-1752 -- Chapter 3. Patterns of Post-Execution Sentencing in England and Wales 1752-1834. The Murder Act in Operation -- Chapter 4. Changing Attitudes to Post-Execution Punishment 1752-1834 -- Chapter 5. Conclusion -- Index.
This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book analyses the different types of post-execution punishments and other aggravated execution practices, the reasons why they were advocated, and the decision, enshrined in the Murder Act of 1752, to make two post-execution punishments, dissection and gibbeting, an integral part of sentences for murder. It traces the origins of the Act, and then explores the ways in which Act was actually put into practice. After identifying the dominance of penal dissection throughout the period, it looks at the abandonment of burning at the stake in the 1790s, the rapid decline of hanging in chains just after 1800, and the final abandonment of both dissection and gibbeting in 1832 and 1834. It concludes that the Act, by creating differentiation in levels of penalty, played an important role within the broader capital punishment system well into the nineteenth century. While eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century historians have extensively studied the ‘Bloody Code’ and the resulting interactions around the ‘Hanging Tree’, they have largely ignored an important dimension of the capital punishment system – the courts extensive use of aggravated and post-execution punishments. With this book, Peter King aims to rectify this neglected historical phenomenon.