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The History of Torture and Execution: From Early Civilization through Medieval Times to the Present
The History of Torture and Execution: From Early Civilization through Medieval Times to the Present Jean Kellaway 1585746223 9781585746224 A full-color history of the cruel and violent ways in which humans have meted out punishmen
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The History of Torture and Execution: From Early Civilization through Medieval Times to the Present by Jean Kellaway

A full-color history of the cruel and violent ways in which humans have meted out punishment--from early civilizations to the present. Throughout history, cultures around the world have found justice for the most extreme crimes by condemning the guilty to death. Retribution has been sought by many methods, from beheading, garroting, entombment, and burning to modern means such as electrocution and lethal injection. For the infliction of torturous pain, even more ingenious devices have been employed. While torture has usually been carried out behind closed doors, it is only recently that executions have ceased to be a popular public spectacle. The History of Torture and Execution examines these fascinating but grisly subjects by time, region, and method. Beginning with the often crude methods of meting out justice used by early and first-millennium civilizations, and evolving from the sadistic tools of the medieval age to the modern search for humane execution methods, controversial issues are authoritatively covered. More than 180 black-and-white and color images illustrate the many and varied engines of this final punishment, and the inclusion of stories told by the victims themselves gives chilling insight into the horrors faced by prisoners condemned to die for their crimes.

Author: Jean Kellaway

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 192

Publisher: Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2002-11-01

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ISBN: 1585746223


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