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Hamlyn history of punishment and torture : [a journey through the dark side of justice]
Farrington, Karen.
Personal Author:
Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
London : Hamlyn ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
Subtitle and author from cover.

Originally published: 1996.
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Central Library HV8593 .F37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The history of punishment and torture makes for macabre and mesmerizing reading: retribution without mercy, medieval justice, hellish prisons, and ingenious methods of inflicting torment upon the body and mind. Trace a path from the days of harshest penalties to more modern methods of reforming wrongdoers. Images graphically capture the plight of prisoners forced to walk treadmills till they went insane; bodies nailed to crosses; suspects tied to ducking stools; and the courts of the Inquisition, which left no stone unturned in their efforts to exact a confession. Discussions of human sacrifice, ordeal by fire or water, the dark days of juvenile justice, the pillory, and capital punishment reveal the astonishing array of clever and cruel sentences devised by those determined to deliver the ultimate punishments.

Author Notes

Karen Farrington is a former journalist who has contributed to numerous publications on military history. She has also written extensively on assassinations, natural disasters, & religion. Ms. Farrington's most recent works include "The Hamlyn Book of Torture & Punishment," "Witness to World War II," & "Shipwrecks."

(Bowker Author Biography) Karen Farrington is an author and former journalist whose most recent works include books on assassinations, religion, crime and punishment, and the supernatural. She lives in England.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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