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The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868

 
 
 
 
The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868
Author: V. A. C. [Vic] Gatrell
ISBN 13: 9780192853325
ISBN 10: 192853325
Edition: 2nd Revised ed.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1996-11-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 656
List Price: $82.00
 
 

Hanging people for petty 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 public scaffolds, watched by crowds of thousands.
This acclaimed study is the first to explore what a wide range of people felt about these ceremonies. Gatrell draws on letters, diaries, ballads, broadsides, and images, as well as on poignant appeals for mercy which, until now, have been largely neglected by historians. Panoramic in range, scholarly in method, and compelling in style and in argument, this is one of those rare histories which both shift our sense of the past and speak powerfully to the present.