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Execution A History of Capital Punishment in Britain by Simon Webb

Execution A History of Capital Punishment in Britain


Execution A History of Capital Punishment in Britain by Simon Webb

Judicial hanging is regarded by many as being the quintessentially British execution. However, many other methods of capital punishment have been used in this country; ranging from burning, beheading and shooting to crushing and boiling to death. Not by the Rope Alone explores these types of execution in detail. Readers may be surprised to learn that a means of mechanical decapitation, the Halifax Gibbet, was being used in England five hundred years before the guillotine was invented. Boiling to death was a prescribed means of execution in this country during the Tudor period. From the public death by starvation of those gibbeted alive, to the burning of women for petit treason, this book examines some of the most gruesome passages of British history. This carefully researched, well-illustrated and enthralling text will appeal to those interested in the history of British executions.

About the Author

Simon Webb has written for various newspapers and magazines, including True Detective magazine, and is the author of Unearthing London: The Ancient World Beneath the Metropolis.

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Publication date

25th November 2011


Simon Webb

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The History Press Ltd


160 pages


Penology & punishment
Ethical issues: capital punishment



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