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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Rachel E. Bennett
    Pages 1-25 Open Access
  3. The Implementation of the Death Sentence in Scotland

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Rachel E. Bennett
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    3. Rachel E. Bennett
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    4. Rachel E. Bennett
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  4. The Theatre of the Gallows in Scotland

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Rachel E. Bennett
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-237

About this book

Introduction

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book provides the most in-depth study of capital punishment in Scotland between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century to date. Based upon an extensive gathering and analysis of previously untapped resources, it takes the reader on a journey from the courtrooms of Scotland to the theatre of the gallows. It introduces them to several of the malefactors who faced the hangman’s noose and explores the traditional hallmarks of the spectacle of the scaffold. It demonstrates that the period between 1740 and 1834 was one of discussion, debate and fundamental change in the use of the death sentence and how it was staged in practice. In addition, the study provides an innovative investigation of the post-mortem punishment of the criminal corpse. It offers the reader an insight into the scene at the foot of the gibbets from which criminal bodies were displayed, and around the dissection tables of Scotland’s main universities where criminal bodies were used as cadavers for anatomical demonstration. In doing so it reveals an intermediate stage in the long-term disappearance of public bodily punishment. 

Keywords

Open Access medical humanities history of crime criminal corpse Scottish history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickWarwickUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Rachel E. Bennett is Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research interests include various aspects of Britain’s criminal history including capital punishment and the post-mortem punishment of the criminal body, the intersections of medicine and the criminal justice system and medical care in women’s prisons.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740–1834
  • Authors Rachel E. Bennett
  • Series Title Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62018-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62017-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87214-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62018-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 237
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Social History
    Crime and Society
    Cultural History
    History of Science
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