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Start the Week, on BBC Radio 4, Monday 30 December 2013, was fascinating. Andrew Marr discussed the teaching of history and the new history curriculum... read more »
On New Year’s Eve 1502, Cesare Borgia had two treacherous condottieri put to summary death at Senigallia. The Showtime series The Borgias got canceled... read more »
Monday 30 January 1839 The three boys, sent down for 30 days hard labour 28 January 1839, are quick to make their presence felt in Yarmouth Gaol. Today,... read more »
Three hundred fifty years ago today Anna Roleffes — nicknamed “Tempel Anneke” — became one of the last* witches executed in Braunschweig,... read more »
Underground cells at Yarmouth Gaol Sunday 29 December 1839 Last night Robert Harrod (15), William Hickling (14) and Walter Tunmore (12) spent the first... read more »
On this date in 1854, a Dakota Indian named Uhazy was publicly hanged in a scene of “Total Depravity” at St. Paul, Minnesota — the first... read more »
28 December 1839 'Sarah Martin the Jail Missionary' Women of Worth: A Book for Girls (London: James Hogg, 1859), p. 58 On Saturday 28 December 1839 three... read more »
The first documented executions of heretics in medieval Europe occurred on this date in 1022 in Orleans, when 13 or so were burned at Orleans. The French... read more »
These were the casualties that marked the end of the Zhidovstvuyushchiye, a little-known late 15th century circle of “Judaizers” or “Jewish-thinking... read more »
Obviously one of the major themes of this site, heresy executions haven’t been seen in Europe since 1826. They suffer, of course, from the keen paradox... read more »
(Thanks to Robert Elder of Last Words of the Executed — the blog, and the book — for the guest post. This post originally appeared on the Last... read more »
According to an AFP report, Iran hanged a drug trafficker in Sari, Mazandran province, on December 25, 2010 — “after being convicted of keeping,... read more »
Edinburgh, Scotland held a Christmas Eve 1715 hanging of a soldier for abortive plot in the abortive Jacobite rising of 1715 The plot was a bold conspiracy... read more »
On 28 December 1929, a Christmas party was held at St Catherine’s School, Gloucester, for the children, families and friends of the officers of HM... read more »
On this date in 1605, Nuremberg privy councillor Niklaus von Gulchen (or Gilgen) was beheaded for his scandalous corruption. The wheeler-dealer’s... read more »
Our headline dates (1780-1925) are far from being the whole story when it comes to thinking about data collection and record linkage. One of our stated... read more »
Were 69 C.E. known as the Year of the Three Emperors, maybe the long and glorious era of the porcine Vitellius would still be celebrated today. Unfortunately... read more »
On this date in 1893, Frederick Wyndham, aged 45, was hanged at Gloucester Gaol for the shotgun murder of his own father near Stroud. From Illustrated... read more »
Concluding my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year or so...There has been no particular ranking of the reviews in this list;... read more »
One of the highlights of the period shortly after the publication of The Most Remarkable Woman in England last year was being interviewed on BBC Radio... read more »
Continuing my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year... Another one of the more academic reviews of The Most Remarkable Woman... read more »
Hepburn Graham, masters’ mate aboard the HMS St. George, was tried by Admiralty court-martial in early December on a charge of sodomy forwarded by... read more »
The Tolhouse, Great Yarmouth Gaol, mid 1900s c. Norfolk County Council On Christmas Day 1839 inmates at Yarmouth Gaol tucked into a hearty meal of roast... read more »
On this date in 1475, the Louis de Luxembourg, Count of Saint-Pol was beheaded. The French King Louis XI “had need of a head such as his” because... read more »
Continuing my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year... The issue of attitudes toward gender in the 1920s is a central issue in... read more »
Among the various academic reviews that have appeared of The Most Remarkable Woman in England, that by Matthew Houlbrook was especially nice:What became... read more »
From the Dec. 18, 1894 Atchison (Ks.) Daily: HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 18. — John Cronin was hanged here at 1:00 o’clock this morning. The execution... read more »
Among the positive reviews The Most Remarkable Woman in England received was one in the Literary Review from historian Dominic Sandbrook (probably known... read more »
On this date in 1963, gallows traps dropped simultaneously in Bristol and Winchester to hang two men for murdering a Cornish farmer. Russell Pascoe and... read more »
We have funding for two (UK/EU) PhD students, based at the University of Liverpool, to start in February 2014. Application deadline: Friday 10 January... read more »
On this date in 1794,* a revolutionary Montagnard who had overstayed his welcome made his departure through the guillotine’s window. Carrier (English... read more »
The World War II occupation of the Latvian town of Liepaja (Libau, to the Germans) produced mass executions throughout 1941. This date in 1941 commenced... read more »
On the morning of December 14, 1759, William Davis succumbed to a self-inflicted wound rather than face St. Croix’s harsh justice for an alleged... read more »
Gloucester County Lunatic Asylum, 1848 (ancestryimages.com) On 27 June 1878, Thomas James Webb, an epileptic who was an inmate of the Gloucester County... read more »
On this date in 1980, 17-year-old Turkish student radical Erdal Eren was hanged as a terrorist by the military regime. Eren (Turkish Wikipedia link; most... read more »
Continuing my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year...A couple of very positive things were said about the book even before it... read more »
Continuing my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year...While there's something great about all positive reviews, of course, getting... read more »
On this date in 1957, Jorge Villanueva Torres was shot in Lima, Peru as the notorious “Monstruo de Armend├íriz”. Except Jorge Villanueva Torres... read more »
The shortest comment in the Twelve Reviews of Christmas appeared, appropriately enough, on Twitter not long after The Most Remarkable Woman in England... read more »
Christmas is nigh upon us and in honour of the holidays I've decided to relate a few stories of (perceived) excess. I came across these incidents in the... read more »
From the Dec. 12, 1876 Argus (Melbourne, Australia): EXECUTION OF BONDIETTO. Basilio Bondietto, who was tried and convicted at the last criminal sittings... read more »
Continuing my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year... One of my favourite comments about the book came unexpectedly shortly... read more »
From The Fabulous Frontier, 1846-1912. (The entire text below is a single large paragraph in that book, so line breaks have been added for readability.)... read more »
In The Kiss of Lamourette,[1] Robert Darnton suggested that ambition of historians in studying individual people, documents or rituals was 'to understand... read more »
Continuing my pre-Christmas round-up of reviews of my book over the past year...  One of the early reviews of The Most Remarkable Woman in England... read more »
(Thanks to Robert Elder of Last Words of the Executed — the blog, and the book — for the guest post. This post originally appeared on the Last... read more »
On this date in 1934, Chinese Communists beheaded John and Betty Stam in the Anhui province town of Miaoshu. The Stams had settled as China Inland Mission... read more »
On December 7, 1982, a unit of army commandos entered the Guatemalan hamlet of Dos Erres.* There it authored one of the signature atrocities of the bloody... read more »
This is only the second Christmas season since the release of The Most Remarkable Woman in England, and I thought it an opportune time to revisit some... read more »
Our Criminal Past AHRC Network – third network event Date: 31 January 2014, 10am-4.30pm Venue: Galleries of Justice, Nottingham Free event but registration... read more »