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The History of Gibbeting By Samantha Priestley

The History of Gibbeting

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The Murder Act - In 1752 The Murder Act was passed. Before this, how we punished criminals was decided by authorities in each community, and often this included gibbeting, or hanging in chains'.
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The History of Gibbeting: Britain's Most Brutal Punishment by Samantha Priestley

The history of gibbeting is the story of one of Britain's most brutal forms of punishments, the hanging of criminals in a body shaped metal cage as a warning and as a form of justice. From the folklore of live gibbetings to the eerie historical documenting of this weird post-execution tradition, The History of Gibbeting examines how and why we dealt with murderers and other serious criminals in this way. The book uses case studies through history and takes a look at how the introduction of the Murder Act shaped our relationship with gibbeting for years to come, and how we as a society demanded the most shocking post-mortem treatment of criminals. Whether gibbeting was ever a successful deterrent, it is still a fascination today and gibbet cages remain on display in museums all over the country.

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About Samantha Priestley

Samantha is a writer based in Sheffield, England. She won the H E Bates competition and The Tacchi-Morris Prize for short stories. Her chapbooks, Dreamers and Orange Balloon, are published by Folded Word. She is the author of the novels Despite losing it on Finkle Street, Reliability of Rope, and A Bad Winter. Samantha writes short stories for the Slumber app and a monthly column, InOrganic, at Folded Word. She lives in north Sheffield with her partner, two daughters, two dogs and one cat.

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The History of Gibbeting: Britain's Most Brutal Punishment by Samantha Priestley
Samantha Priestley
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
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