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Author Friedland, Paul, 1962-

Title Seeing justice done : the age of spectacular capital punishment in France / Paul Friedland.

Published Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.660944 FRIE    DUE 22-08-19
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: reading and writing a history of punishment -- pt. 1. The roots of modern punishment in pre-modern Europe -- The fall and rise of Rome: compensation, atonement, and deterrence in the early middle ages -- Criminal intent and spectacular punishment: the infiltration of Roman legal theory and practice into French customary law -- pt. 2. Executioners and the ritual of execution -- Extraordinary beings: the life and work of executioners -- The execution of justice: the ritual of punishment in medieval and early modern France -- pt. 3. Spectators and spectacle -- From ritual to spectacle: the rise of the penal voyeur in early modern France -- Executions, spectator emotions, and the naturalization of sympathy -- A spectacular crisis: watching executions in the age of Sensibilité -- pt. 4. A death penalty for the modern age -- Theorizing a new death penalty: penal reform on the eve of the revolution -- Legislating the new death penalty: the simple deprivation of life -- Executing the new death penalty: the invisible spectacle of the guillotine -- Epilogue: The play over, the actors (slowly) leave the stage -- Conclusion: Punishment past and present.
Subject Capital punishment -- France -- History.
Executions and executioners -- France -- History.
ISBN 9780199592692 (hardback)
0199592691 (hardback)