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Torture

Author: Henry Charles Lea
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1973.
Series: Sources of medieval history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Pennsylvania paperback edView all editions and formats
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This book, published as part four of Henry Charles Lea's 'Superstition and Force', is one of the most succinct accounts in English of the place of torture in the legal process from the Roman Empire to the nineteenth century. His study suggest that torture occupied a far more complex place in the legal sociology of the period between the third and the eighteenth centuries and the revival of torture in the twentieth  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909.
Torture.
Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press [1973]
(OCoLC)755017556
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Charles Lea
ISBN: 081221062X 9780812210620
OCLC Number: 1083112
Notes: Pt. 4 of the author's 'Superstition and force', originally published in 1866.
Description: xxii, 209 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: I. Torture in Egypt and Asia --
II. Greece and Rome --
III. The Barbarians --
IV. The Goths and Spain --
V. Carlovingian and feudal law --
VI. Reappearance of torture --
VII. The inquisitorial process --
VIII. Final shape of the torture system --
IX. England and the northern races --
X. Decline of the torture system.
Series Title: Sources of medieval history.
Other Titles: Superstition and force.
Responsibility: Henry Charles Lee ; with original documentary sources in translation. Introduction by Edward Peters.

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This book, published as part four of Henry Charles Lea's 'Superstition and Force', is one of the most succinct accounts in English of the place of torture in the legal process from the Roman Empire to the nineteenth century. His study suggest that torture occupied a far more complex place in the legal sociology of the period between the third and the eighteenth centuries and the revival of torture in the twentieth century raises once again the question of torture's true place in the realms of law. Lea's wide scholarship and meticulous respect for original sources make this study one of the most reliable accounts of the history of torture available in English. -- Publisher description.

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