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    DescriptionThe guillotine is undoubtedly the most potent image of revolutionary France, the tool whereby a whole society was 'redesigned'. Yet, what came to be seen as an instrument of terror was, paradoxically, introduced as the result of the humanitarian feelings of men intent on revising an ancient and barbaric penal code. Robert Frederick Opie takes us on a fascinating and sometimes terrifying journey through the narrow streets of eighteenth-century Paris and beyond. Initially scorned by the revolutionary mob for being insufficiently cruel, the swift and efficient guillotine soon became the darling of the crowd, despatching as many as sixty people a day beneath its blade. But the Razor of the Nation was to remain the chosen instrument of capital punishment until the 1970s, only finally being banned in 1981. "Guillotine: The Timbers of Justice" traces the development of the guillotine over nearly two centuries, recounting the stories of famous executions, the lives of the executioners and the scientific research into whether the head retained consciousness after it was separated from the body that continued into the 1950s. This is a gruesomely interesting tale, rich in detail and teeming with extraordinary personalities. It is a very human history, recounting some of the most diabolical uses of human inventiveness, and also some of the most touching pleas for mercy.


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    Title
    Guillotine
    Subtitle
    The Timbers of Justice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Frederick Opie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780750944038
    ISBN 10: 075094403X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: CRI
    BIC subject category V2: JKVP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000, TEC057000
    DC22: 364.66
    Thema V1.0: JKVP, NHT
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    The History Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Sutton Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    01 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Stroud
    Author Information
    Robert Frederick Opie is a senior fire service officer, with experience in Scotland, where he was responsible for emergency planning and the compilation of war plans. He has a longstanding personal interest in history, particularly medieval military history and the history of crime and punishment. This is his first book.