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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
A riveting chronicle of punishment, torture and pain down the ages -- though not a book for bedtime! Irene T. also explodes a few myths. It's unlikely sailors ever had to walk the plank (they were probably just tossed overboard), while in England few witches were burned alive at the stake. They hanged or strangled them first. And lifelong imprisonment wasn't without its...
Published on 22 April 2008 by Ken S. (E.Sussex)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book is interesting but very lacking in any real detail.
It is easy to read but glosses over each subject far too quickly & would have benefitted from being more indepth
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Kevin P. Neal


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 22 April 2008
A riveting chronicle of punishment, torture and pain down the ages -- though not a book for bedtime! Irene T. also explodes a few myths. It's unlikely sailors ever had to walk the plank (they were probably just tossed overboard), while in England few witches were burned alive at the stake. They hanged or strangled them first. And lifelong imprisonment wasn't without its comforts: one fellow kept in Newgate prison without trial for nearly 50 years managed to have a wife who gave him children -- all ten of them born in his cell. A relief to learn, too, that eucalyptus oil works best if you've just been tarred and feathered. Well-written by an accomplished journalist, it's a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative book., 5 April 2014
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I found this a very good book that describes the punishment and torture dealt out over the years without going in to too much gruesome detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 27 Jan 2014
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This book is interesting but very lacking in any real detail.
It is easy to read but glosses over each subject far too quickly & would have benefitted from being more indepth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and chilling, 9 Jan 2014
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This is not for the faint of heart of weak of stomach, but then the title should be enough to warn off those who can't take it. This book is an excellent research tool for the writer who wants to inflict something unpleasant - or downright horrific - on their protagonist. It is also a sad indictment of what humans are capable of doing to one another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Nov 2013
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Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!
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4.0 out of 5 stars gruesome but entertaining and educational, 6 Feb 2013
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Just finished reading this and enjoyed it (if that's an appropriate exrpession about a book which delves into the darkest aspects on inhumanity)
I felt some of the listings were a bit brief and rushed but on the whole a good read that you can drop in and out of with lots of interesting 'not a lot of people know that' moments
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 3 Feb 2013
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If you are wanting a book that gives a good account of punishment and torture, then give this a miss. The accounts are sometimes so short, you think you have missed a page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!, 30 Jan 2013
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A very brilliant book! Well informed, and well written. Irene Thompson has done an outstandingly fantastic job on keeping you interested, and fascinated with the punishments from history. Very hard to put down :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but good, 26 Jan 2013
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All in all I would say this is a good introduction to this grisly subject. Much of the subject matter will be known but there is enough obscure references to keep you interested. Considering this book was free its a great "buy" to keep you occupied for an hour - although hopefully not by putting these techniques into practice!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of dark humour., 19 Jan 2013
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I really enjoyed Thompson's tongue-in-cheek style, narrating the bizarre and unusual forms of torture, as well as the one's we all know about it. She uses historical anecdotes to flesh out her list of punishments which - if you love history - makes for an interesting and sometimes amusing read. I very much enjoyed this book - it may be quite short but Thompson still manages to pack plenty in!
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