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The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People&hellip by V. A. C. [Vic] Gatrell
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars morbidly fascinating., 1 May 2002
This book is as compelling as it is horrific as it draws the reader into the blood soaked wretchedness of 18th and 19th Century London. Using eyewitness accounts, pamphlets and broadsheets of the time Gattrell vividly depicts what life was like for those witnessing or awaiting execution.
With morbid fascination you learn of the appalling torture of condemned souls by bungling executioners, the blood-lust of the baying mob, and the sad lack of regard placed on human life.
This book enables you to almost feel what it must have been like to be at Tyburn or Newgate on hanging day, and how executions rose to almost epidemic proportions in the 1770's for a vast range of crimes that… Read more
The Quest for Robin Hood by Jim Lees
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jim Lees has been affectionately called "Mr Robin Hood" by local people for his painstaking and exhaustive love of the subject. What sets this book apart from all the other serious commentaries I have read is that you can feel the authors singular determination to unravel the question of Robins true identity and to present the evidence of his identity in a systematic and easy to follow way. That the author arrives at a Robin Hood previously ignored or overlooked by others such as Holt didn't detract from its value, but rather enabled me to view more skeptically those other texts that are perhaps wrongly regarded as "definitive."
Others have researched Robin and place him in his social… Read more

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