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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Criminal Corpse in History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 3-27 Open Access
    3. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 29-56 Open Access
    4. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 57-83 Open Access
  3. The World of the Murder Act

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 87-114 Open Access
    3. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 115-150 Open Access
    4. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 151-190 Open Access
  4. The Legacy of the Criminal Corpse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 193-212 Open Access
    3. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 213-237 Open Access
    4. Sarah Tarlow, Emma Battell Lowman
      Pages 239-268 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-273

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Open Access medical humanities capital punishment criminal execution history of crime

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Tarlow
    • 1
  • Emma Battell Lowman
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Archaeology and Ancient HistoryUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of HumanitiesUniversity of HertfordshireHertfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77908-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77907-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77908-9
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