Item #7199 Lord High Executioner: An Unashamed Look at Hangmen, Headsmen, and Their Kind. Howard Engel.

Lord High Executioner: An Unashamed Look at Hangmen, Headsmen, and Their Kind

Buffalo: Firefly Books, 1996.

First Edition. Hardcover. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". 256pp. Mild shelf wear to unclipped dust jacket with scattered rubbing to covers and light creasing to edges. Black cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Bumps to corners of boards and top and bottom of spine. Spots of toning to edges of text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

A grisly tour of hangings, electrocutions, beheadings—and other state-sanctioned deaths that are part of the long history of the death penalty.

In Lord High Executioner, award-winning writer Howard Engel traces the traditions of capital punishment from medieval England and early Canada to the present-day United States. Throughout “civilized” history, executioners employed on behalf of the kingdom, republic, or dictatorship have beheaded, chopped, stabbed, choked, gassed, electrocuted, or beaten criminals to death—and Engel doesn’t shy away from the gritty details of the executioner’s lifestyle, focusing on the paragons, buffoons, and sadists of the dark profession.

Packed with all-too-true stories, from hapless hangings to butchered beheadings, this historically accurate look at the executioner’s gruesome work makes for a thoroughly gripping read.(Publisher). Good + / Good +. Item #7199
ISBN: 1550137905

Price: $15.00

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