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1 GATRELL, V.A.C. THE HANGING TREE. Execution and the English People, 1770-1868.
Oxford Oxford University Press 1996 1st paperback trade paperback VG 
xix+634pp. Illus. in text. Very clean copy with just small crease to one corner of cover. Hanging people for small crimes as well as grave, the Bloody Penal Code was at its most active between 1770 and 1830. Some 7,000 men and women were executed on the public scaffold, watched by thousands. Even later when only murder was punishable by hanging, the executions were still held in public. What did people feel about these strangulations? What led to the abolition of public executions? A fine history of the mentalities, emotions and attitudes to the terrors inflicted in the name of the law, taken from letters, diaries, ballads and broadsides. Includes Index of Persons and General Index. Hard to find edition. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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