In these grisly tales from the gallows, guillotine and gas chamber the fairer sex get it in the neck You have been warned From the Yorkshire Witch, who was accused of murder when a potion for good health turned out to be fatal, to the woman who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away with her, Amazing True Stories of Female Executions is brimming with macabreIn these grisly tales from the gallows, guillotine and gas chamber the fairer sex get it in the neck You have been warned From the Yorkshire Witch, who was accused of murder when a potion for good health turned out to be fatal, to the woman who survived the gallows and took her empty coffin away with her, Amazing True Stories of Female Executions is brimming with macabre true stories of executed women from around the world Interspersed with quirky last requests, and with black and white illustrations throughout, this is history at its most morbidly fascinating.
Amazing Stories Of Female Executions In these grisly tales from the gallows guillotine and gas chamber the fairer sex get it in the neck You have been warned From the Yorkshire Witch who was accused of murder when a potion for good hea
It was always a dilemma for women condemned to be the active partner in a danse macabre with the executioner in deciding just what to wear for the event Some styles had of course been insisted on in advance by the relevant authorities off the shoulder blouses were de rigeur for the guillotine, short sleeved dresses mandatory for lethal injection, and an upswept hairstyle essential for the axe or the sword Only minimal jewellery was permitted if being hanged, necklaces were forbidden other than t [...]
A very fascinating look at the executions of women throughout history, from 1000 years ago to the modern age Women of various backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, religious creeds, races ages have their crimes described in great detail in an encyclopedia like format Their crimes, which brought down their being sentenced to death, range from stealing butter to killing their husbands to plotting to kill the king the methods by which their sentences were carried out are equally varied, from hanging [...]
Lots of short entries, some only a paragraph in length, but quite interesting.
Great compendium of anecdotes and stories mixed from the knowledge and research from this retired Beefeater This Queens bodyguard has a great insight into the world of the macabre In particular with this book, unlike his others, feature upon the stories of women throughout history who have come to a bitter end because of the law Murderers, witches and robbers, throughout time, women were as evil as men, it seems This obviously comes as a great shock to me and all of my male friends Is this becau [...]
Okay, there wasn t a whole lot of amazing involved here most of the executions went off normally and under no weird circumstances There were a few that I hadn t heard about, which were kind of interesting to read, but for the most part there wasn t much novel information Then there was the tone, every entry pretty much had to end on a pun Completely unnecessary, especially with such obvious, cheesy puns I also think that England is over represented because the author is English, and again this b [...]
This book was disappointing I was hoping for a good, interesting read, but rather than put things in a cohesive order or discuss these women, Abbott has arranged this almost as an encyclopedia, rendering it difficult to read as a cohesive book This also means that everyone in the book runs together and he puts blurbs about totally different women after some of the entries but makes the entire thing incredibly confusing, especially considering so many of them are named Mary I got about halfway th [...]
I think this was done very tastefully, lists a select group of culprits in alphabetical order yet didn t get too bogged down with details It included a nice list at the back, books for reference and some trivia Marie Antoinette front and center but no Anne Boleyn or Mary Queen of Scotts Oh well.Since the stories were so summarized, I looked them up on and was promptly directed to Murderpedia This website included contributions by Geoffrey Abbott, as well as much well known, modern culprits Wond [...]
This started off really quite interesting but after a while the entries started reflecting each other with similar details and or circumstances in each The author has pulled together stories from a variety of sources that covers women of many backgrounds, races, religions etc and there is a rather macabre reference section at the back that details the different methods of torture and execution used but the repetitve nature of the stories lets this book down somewhat Even the author dry and dark [...]
This was an incredibly interesting book the kind I call a bathroom book, where the content is presented in short chapters or, in this case, broken up every page or two My major complaint is that there are no sources cited, so if you re hoping to use this as an entertaining way to dig into some research, you re going to have a harder time chasing the paper trail.Still, a fun read Spans centuries and continents, so you really get a flavor of historical execution throughout the world.
It amazed me that the vast majority of the women featured seem to be from the 18th and 19th centuries Perhaps women were committing crimes because they didn t have recourse to as many alternative, legal remedies okay, so some of them may have just liked breaking the law as they do todayor if they were simply violent back then General history buffs as well as students of legal judicial processes will enjoy this book.
When I finished reading this I noticed there was another like it I have been searching for it for years I finally found it here on Good Reads.This book was quite an interesting read I enjoyed it 3.5 stars
I quite enjoyed the way this was set out, with each chapter being about a woman in alphabetical order rather than chronological I felt like this broke the book up a bit I thought it would have benefitted from having less chapters women but information.
Liked it, but a lot of the stories were similar and so the book was very repetitive.
Interesting look at crime and punishment.
The book contains some good and interesting biographies But it s just a compilation from other books.
A good read and very interesting.