A Macabre Miscellany

A Macabre Miscellany

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1,000 THINGS TO MAKE YOU GO 'URGH, THAT'S HORRIBLE...' A compendium of carnage; a treasure chest of fortune and terror; A Macabre Miscellany is the very best of the very worst things that can happen to a person. Sometimes historical, sometimes hysterical, frequently terminal, these are the most fabulously unpleasant facts that you could hope to encounter. Be they executions or accidents, assassinations or injuries added to insult, these nasty nuggets are guaranteed to raise a shiver of disgusted delight.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 104 x 142 x 20mm | 81.65g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753508494
  • 9780753508497

About Geoffrey Abbott

Geoffrey Abbott is an authority on all things macabre and gruesome. He became a Yeoman Warder (beefeater) in 1947 and took up residence in the Tower of London. In the name of research he has been locked in jail cells, stood on execution chamber trap-doors and has even had the hangman's noose placed around his own neck!show more

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1,000 THINGS TO MAKE YOU GO 'URGH, THAT'S HORRIBLE...' A compendium of carnage; a treasure chest of fortune and terror; A Macabre Miscellany is the very best of the very worst things that can happen to a person. Sometimes historical, sometimes hysterical, frequently terminal, these are the most fabulously unpleasant facts that you could hope to encounter. Be they executions or accidents, assassinations or injuries added to insult, these nasty nuggets are guaranteed to raise a shiver of disgusted delight. DID YOU KNOW... * Victims of decapitation can remain conscious for some time, due to blood still lurking in the brain! * The 'Scavenger's Daughter' in the Tower of London was a hinged torture instrument which was tightened to compress a kneeling victim until eventually blood exuded from bodily orifices. * The last time a woman was burned at the stake, accused of witchcraft, was 1956. *Under the 'law of the bier' a murder suspect would be forced to touch the corpse; if he or she were guilty the corpse would start to bleed.show more

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