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Female Executions : Martyrs, Murderesses and Madwomen
by Geoffrey Abbott


Overview - The fairer sex get it in the neck in these grisly tales from the gallows, guillotine, and gas chamber

From Nan Hereford, the cloaked highwayman who held up coaches with just her fists, to the woman who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away with her, this book illuminates history's darker periods with a detailed and factual approach.
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Overview
The fairer sex get it in the neck in these grisly tales from the gallows, guillotine, and gas chamber

From Nan Hereford, the cloaked highwayman who held up coaches with just her fists, to the woman who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away with her, this book illuminates history's darker periods with a detailed and factual approach. Grimly funny and darkly gripping, interspersed with unusual last requests and black and white illustrations throughout, this is history at its most morbidly fascinating.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781849534932
  • ISBN-10: 1849534934
  • Publisher: Summersdale Pub Ltd
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 302
  • Dimensions: 1 x 5.25 x 7.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

This engrossingly morbid reference work is the latest effort by former yeoman of the guard Abbott (A Beefeater’s Grisly Guide to the Tower of London). Several centuries’ worth of capital punishments, meted out to women in Britain and beyond, are presented encyclopedically—from “Antoinette, Marie” through “Zelle, Margarete Gertrud” (better-known as Mata Hari). Disturbingly well versed in his lurid material, Abbott explains in detail thumbscrews, the rack, the firing squad, burning at the stake, lethal injection, hangings, the guillotine, the gas chamber, and drawing and quartering. He proffers a number of practical tips. (For instance, when your neck is on the chopping block, it is in your interest to stand still lest the swordsman do a sloppy job—a shortcoming that hurts you more than it hurts him). Abbott has a fine sense of gallows humor, often taking mordant notice of trifles. When the electric chair was new, he tells us, it turned its subjects into fashion plates, as “no reports of executions could possibly be complete without a description of how victims were dressed at the time of their deaths.” In this way, Abbott turns macabre stuff into a light read—if a somewhat repetitive one at a single sitting, due to the sheer number of executed ladies. (Nov.)

 
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