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Harnessing the power of the criminal corpse

Author: Sarah Tarlow; Emma Battell Lowman
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Series: Palgrave historical studies in the criminal corpse and its afterlife.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Tarlow; Emma Battell Lowman
ISBN: 9783319779089 3319779087
OCLC Number: 1050971329
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF file (x, 273 pages)) : illustrations.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Palgrave historical studies in the criminal corpse and its afterlife.
Responsibility: Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman.

Abstract:

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.

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