Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
Open Access This content is freely available online to anyone, anywhere at any time.

Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

Authors: Tarlow, Sarah, Battell Lowman, Emma

  • Open Access
  • Examines what role the criminal corpse has historically played in the negotiation of social and cultural beliefs
  • Brings together research and findings from across the book series to create an interdisciplinary work
  • Utilises a longue durée approach spanning from the medieval period to present day 
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77908-9
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77907-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

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.

About the authors

Sarah Tarlow is Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Leicester, UK. She has published extensively on the archaeology of death and burial, archaeological ethics, and the post-medieval archaeology of the British isles. She was PI on ‘Harnesssing the Power of the Criminal Corpse’, the research project on which this book is based.

Emma Battell Lowman is Lecturer in the History of the Americas at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, with research interests in historical narrative, connections between bodies and memory, and the use of power to shape social identity. She holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Victoria, Canada, and the University of Warwick.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tarlow, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 3-27

  • The Power of the Criminal Corpse in the Medieval World

    Tarlow, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 29-56

  • How Was the Power of the Criminal Corpse Harnessed in Early Modern England?

    Tarlow, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 57-83

  • Murder and the Law, 1752–1832

    Tarlow, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 87-114

  • Anatomisation and Dissection

    Tarlow, Sarah (et al.)

    Pages 115-150

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77908-9
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77907-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77908-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77908-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77907-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 273
Number of Illustrations and Tables
31 b/w illustrations
Topics