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5.0 out of 5 stars Hang Them High
If you are interested in the history of London,or the history of public executions in the United Kingdom then you have to read this book.This is an excellent book covering the subject of public executions in London. We have hanging,beheading,burning to death and not to forget the guilty party being hung,drawn and quarted.The idea of public executions was to deter anybody...
Published on 8 Sep 2006 by G. M. Buchanan

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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit insubstantial
Adnittedly, I raced through this book and - true - it is filled with gruesome and fascinatingly morbid facts, which is what anyone buying this book presumably would want. However, something in it left me wanting. There were parts where it was simply listing case after case, paragraph upon paragraph,a little bit too breathlessly; such-and-such-a-person was convicted of...
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang Them High, 8 Sep 2006
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G. M. Buchanan "Page marker" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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If you are interested in the history of London,or the history of public executions in the United Kingdom then you have to read this book.This is an excellent book covering the subject of public executions in London. We have hanging,beheading,burning to death and not to forget the guilty party being hung,drawn and quarted.The idea of public executions was to deter anybody else from commiting a crime. It didn't work, instead it turned into a fair. The public houses rented out rooms,with an unrestricted view,and made a fortune.The pick pockets made a fortune as did the prostitutes. The saying "Hats Off" came into being as the folk at the rear called at these at the front to remove their hats so that the people at the back could see. All this is explained in this excellent book. A great insight into life in London not so long ago.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit insubstantial, 22 Aug 2008
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Adnittedly, I raced through this book and - true - it is filled with gruesome and fascinatingly morbid facts, which is what anyone buying this book presumably would want. However, something in it left me wanting. There were parts where it was simply listing case after case, paragraph upon paragraph,a little bit too breathlessly; such-and-such-a-person was convicted of stealing and was hanged at Tyburn in 17-- and so on and so forth. I felt that more substance was needed, more context, more analysis; more description of the ritual (what exactly does being "dragged on a hurdle" entail? How exactly were prisoners prepared? When reading, I had so many questions and it was just one case after another. A little simplistic and unsophisticated I felt compared to some of the excellent histories we have seen over the last few years on various other subjects. There is a lot of competition now in the "popular history" segment of publishing, and this seemed just a little too - well - basic. Is there simply a lack of documentary evidence on this subject? This was my conclusion. But, as I said, I raced through it which at least says something. But I expected more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London the executioners city, 8 Nov 2009
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Lars Jönlid (gothenburg Sweden) - See all my reviews
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I found this a most interesting read, and can heartly recommend it
for those (people like myself)who have an affection for the macabre!
It is a facinating record of executions in London city and it's surroundings
From the 12th century to the 20th.

And it is well that it all has stopped!!! Where would we else be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONDON City of the Dead, 10 Sep 2014
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Mr. A. Baron "a_baron" (England) - See all my reviews
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This is one of those books you can read in a number of sittings or simply dip into every now and then. Don't be deceived by the title, this romp through the history of England and the world's greatest city is anything but harrowing – we all have to die sometime.

When we do depart this Earth, some of us are cremated, some are buried, hopefully though we will actually be dead before the undertaker carts us off. People who have been declared dead do occasionally wake up in the morgue even to this day. Lawrence Cawthorne (or perhaps that should be Cawthorn) was not so lucky; he fell ill and was buried alive, waking up in the tomb. Alas...

There are reports of strange deaths, murders, the occasional suicide, plague and pestilence, and a ghost or two. The book has no footnotes and an inadequate index, but it does have a bibliography. Clearly though it was written for amusement rather than academe, and in that goal it succeeds grandly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London City of the dead, 9 Aug 2014
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Fantastic read
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars london the executioners city, 24 April 2010
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book arrived on time as usual through amazon / contents of book had been described accurately a very interesting and good book to read / very happy with all aspects of order.
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