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The Laws of Moses…and of England?

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 6 July 2020. Facing the prospect of executions resuming for federal prisoners in the U.S., one might well reflect on past debates about the use of the death penalty. In other times and places, which heinous crimes, exactly,...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 6 Jul 2020

May 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The LIFE and CONFESSION of HERMAN ROSENCRANTZ; Executed in the city of Philadelphia.” True crime!  James Chattin hoped to capitalize on interest in current events...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 May 2020

Can You Steal a Peacock? Animals in Early Modern Law

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 22 April 2020. Can you steal a peacock? Jurists once debated this question and, for a time at least, said ‘no’. As animals meant for pleasure rather than for profit, peacocks were not ‘larcenable’....
From: Legal History Miscellany on 22 Apr 2020

A brief overview of some of London’s execution sites, c.1600-18

London’s long history of execution predates the most famous hanging site at Tyburn, but it was this site that during the seventeenth and eighteenth century became synonymous with sentence of death. The earliest record of an execution at Tyburn dates...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 14 Dec 2019

Courts-Martial of the Corps of Light Infantry, 1779

Orderly books are great sources of information for military historians. Their contents are a treasure, and include everything from general and regimental orders, returns,... The post Courts-Martial of the Corps of Light Infantry, 1779 appeared first on...

The longevity of Mary Aubry who was executed by burning in 1688

Sometimes during my research, which currently involves collecting and collating information about the treatment of a corpse after death, I come across the story of an individual who has sparked something within the minds of his or her contemporaries and...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 30 Jul 2019

Peeling a Charley

“Peel kicks a lean old watchman behind, and drags from his shoulders his patched and tattered coat. Just behind him (right) is a big bonfire in which a watch-box and battered lanterns are blazing; beside it lie more lanterns, a rattle, and staves....
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 25 Apr 2019

Putting Faces to Names: Illustrated Crime Reports in the Late Victorian Press

By Cassie Watson; posted 23 March 2019. Nothing makes for a better news story than murder, a fact that the sensationalist Victorian penny press was well placed to exploit.[1] The details of crimes, victims and killers intrigued readers, who found both...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 23 Mar 2019

Fashionable ties, or, Modern neckcloths

A macabre caricature divided into two compartments, The Dandy and The Dangle. On the left, a strutting dandy ties his neckcloth in front of a mirror saying: ‘I declare these large Neckcloths are monstrously handy, They [serve] for a shirt too and...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 12 Mar 2019

January 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (January 3, 1768). “The Declaration and Confession of Ruth Blay will be printed To-morrow.” Infanticide and a public execution: read all about it! When...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 3 Jan 2019

Depictions of women in woodcuts for criminal biographies

Throughout the early modern period little care was taken in presenting realistically identifiable women on the front of pamphlet literature, especially those pamphlets that depict female criminals. This is apparent in the ‘Life’ of Catherine...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 21 Nov 2018

Joshua Huddy: The Scourge of New Jersey Loyalists

New Jersey is known as the “Crossroads of the Revolution” because its location between New York and Philadelphia, as well as its strategic importance... The post Joshua Huddy: The Scourge of New Jersey Loyalists appeared first on Journal of...

September 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Postscript to the Boston Weekly News-Letter (September 29, 1768).“The Account contains some Particulars of his robbing Mr Davis’s Shop at Roxbury.” Less than three...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Sep 2018

Execution Delayed: Some Scottish Examples

By Cassie Watson; posted 23 September 2018. Crime historians are familiar with some of the more widely reported cases of delayed or failed executions that occurred in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In July 1798 Mary Nicholson, a...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 23 Sep 2018

September 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Connecticut Journal (September 9, 1768).“Brief Account of the LIFE, and abominable THEFTS, of the notorious Isaac Frasier.” True Crime! In early September of 1768, Thomas...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Sep 2018

The Death and Resurrection of Major John Andre

John Andre’s body hung in silence for thirty minutes before being taken down. It was placed carefully in a simple open coffin crudely painted... The post The Death and Resurrection of Major John Andre appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Criminality and Animal Cruelty in 18th-Century England

I am currently in the final stages of editing a book chapter I have written for Prof. Alexander Kaufman’s and Penny Vlagopoulos’s forthcoming work entitled Food and Feasting in Post-1700 Outlaw Narratives (2018). My own contribution focuses...

Testimony of James Graham Hanged between Edinburgh & Leith, 9 December, 1684 #History #Scotland

James Graham was hanged at the Gallowlee on 9 December, 1684. George Jackson, Thomas Wood and Thomas Robertson were hanged with him. James Graham’s brother, William Graham, was killed by Claverhouse’s troop of Horse in 1682. The Last Testimony...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 9 Dec 2017

Testimony of John Potter Executed at Edinburgh’s Mercat Cross 1 December, 1680 #History #Scotland

The Testimony of John Potter, a Farmer, who lived in the parish of Uphall in Linlithgowshire, and suffered at the Mercat Cross of Edinburgh, December 1, 1680. ‘All you spectators and auditors, I desire your attention to a few words, and I shall...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 1 Dec 2017

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