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Capital punishment is an old common — it's been practiced at some point soon within the heritage of almost all recognized societies and areas. that isn't to claim, besides the fact that, that it truly is an old consistent — the use, shape, functionality and that means of execution has diverse significantly throughout diverse old contexts. this can be likewise precise for a massive — even if particularly ignored — element of capital punishment: the destiny of the legal physique after execution. This bankruptcy is an advent to the amount.

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90. 72. See also van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, p. 134. 73. Ruth Richardson, Death, Dissection and the Destitute (London, 1988). 74. Quoted in Ward, ‘The Criminal Corpse, Anatomists and the Criminal Law’. 75. Evans, Rituals of Retribution, p. 89. 76. For the difficulties in reconstructing popular attitudes to anatomy and punitive dissection in the eighteenth century, see Wilf, ‘Anatomy and Punishment’, p. 525. 77. B. Mandeville, An Enquiry into the Causes of the Frequent Executions at Tyburn (London, 1725), p.

66 Another key function of execution and punishment of the executed body was the attempt to shame, dishonour and socially outcast the offender. 69 Exposure of the body shamed the family of the offender as well as the felon themselves. 70 Exposure and punishment of the criminal corpse served not only to shame the offender (and by extension their family), but also to socially ostracise the malefactor in both a literal and symbolic sense. 72 Finally, utility emerges as an additional function of the punishment of the criminal corpse, particularly with the rise of punitive dissection in the eighteenth century.

87. 70. Tarlow, Hung in Chains; van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, p. 99. For similar events in eighteenth-century Ireland, see James Kelly’s chapter in this volume. 71. Evans, Rituals of Retribution, p. 89; Spierenburg, The Spectacle of Suffering, p. 90. 72. See also van Dülmen, Theatre of Horror, p. 134. 73. Ruth Richardson, Death, Dissection and the Destitute (London, 1988). 74. Quoted in Ward, ‘The Criminal Corpse, Anatomists and the Criminal Law’. 75. Evans, Rituals of Retribution, p. 89. 76. For the difficulties in reconstructing popular attitudes to anatomy and punitive dissection in the eighteenth century, see Wilf, ‘Anatomy and Punishment’, p.

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