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Victorians Against The Gallows

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By the time that Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the list of crimes liable to attract the death penalty had effectively been reduced to murder. Yet, despite this, the gallows remained a source of controversy in Victorian Britain and there was a growing unease in liberal quarters surrounding the question of capital punishment. Unease was expressed in various forms, including efforts at outright abolition. Focusing in part on the activities of the Society for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, James Gregory here examines abolitionist strategies, leaders and personnel. He locates the ""gallows question"" in an imperial context and explores the ways in which debates about the gallows and abolition featured in literature, from poetry to ""novels of purpose"" and popular romances of the underworld. He places the abolitionist movement within the wider Victorian worlds of philanthropy, religious orthodoxy, and social morality in a study which will be essential reading for students and researchers of Victorian history.

This copy is in very good condition

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Author(s):
Gregory, James
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2012
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1848856946
ISBN-13:
9781848856943
Number of pages:
372
Publisher:
I.B. Tauris
Title:
Victorians Against The Gallow

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By the time that Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the list of crimes liable to attract the death penalty had effectively been reduced to murder. Yet, despite this, the gallows remained a source of controversy in Victorian Britain and there was a growing unease in liberal quarters surrounding the question of capital punishment. Unease was expressed in various forms, including efforts at outright abolition. Focusing in part on the activities of the Society for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, James Gregory here examines abolitionist strategies, leaders and personnel. He locates the ""gallows question"" in an imperial context and explores the ways in which debates about the gallows and abolition featured in literature, from poetry to ""novels of purpose"" and popular romances of the underworld. He places the abolitionist movement within the wider Victorian worlds of philanthropy, religious orthodoxy, and social morality in a study which will be essential reading for students and researchers of Victorian history.

This copy is in very good condition

Author(s):
Gregory, James
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2012
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1848856946
ISBN-13:
9781848856943
Number of pages:
372
Publisher:
I.B. Tauris
Title:
Victorians Against The Gallow

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