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Early Modern crime and punishment evokes images of burning, public torture, and hanging and quartering. This book explores the religious, symbolic and political conditions in which such punishments were inflicted. The author argues that punishment was so terrible because there was little belief in rehabilitation of offenders, and the only purpose punishments served was to Early Modern crime and punishment evokes images of burning, public torture, and hanging and quartering. This book explores the religious, symbolic and political conditions in which such punishments were inflicted. The author argues that punishment was so terrible because there was little belief in rehabilitation of offenders, and the only purpose punishments served was to expiate crimes. He describes how symbolism influenced the institution and execution of tortures. The murderer of a child was thrown into a river in a sack, in which there were also a dog, a chicken, a snake and a monkey, all of which were allegorical representations of aspects of the evil that had been committed. Many punishments, such as burning on a wheel, were continued long after the victim was dead - the punishment being an expiatory ritual as much as a means of killing. The book also contains a studies of the crowds who turned up to witness executions in this period, and of the executioners themselves.


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Early Modern crime and punishment evokes images of burning, public torture, and hanging and quartering. This book explores the religious, symbolic and political conditions in which such punishments were inflicted. The author argues that punishment was so terrible because there was little belief in rehabilitation of offenders, and the only purpose punishments served was to Early Modern crime and punishment evokes images of burning, public torture, and hanging and quartering. This book explores the religious, symbolic and political conditions in which such punishments were inflicted. The author argues that punishment was so terrible because there was little belief in rehabilitation of offenders, and the only purpose punishments served was to expiate crimes. He describes how symbolism influenced the institution and execution of tortures. The murderer of a child was thrown into a river in a sack, in which there were also a dog, a chicken, a snake and a monkey, all of which were allegorical representations of aspects of the evil that had been committed. Many punishments, such as burning on a wheel, were continued long after the victim was dead - the punishment being an expiatory ritual as much as a means of killing. The book also contains a studies of the crowds who turned up to witness executions in this period, and of the executioners themselves.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Rike

    "Theater des Schreckens" wurde erstmals in den 80ern publiziert und mehrfach unverändert nachgedruckt. Ich habe es vor ziemlich genau vier Jahren das erste Mal gelesen und erinnere mich noch sehr genau, wie unglaublich beeindruckt ich davon war. Und wie sehr manche der Beschreibungen Übelkeit erregten, was bei dem Thema aber kaum vermeidbar ist. Heute, vier Jahre Beschäftigung mit dem Thema am Rande später, sehe ich die Abhandlung kritischer. Das Buch ist sehr beschreibungslastig, was einzelne Pr "Theater des Schreckens" wurde erstmals in den 80ern publiziert und mehrfach unverändert nachgedruckt. Ich habe es vor ziemlich genau vier Jahren das erste Mal gelesen und erinnere mich noch sehr genau, wie unglaublich beeindruckt ich davon war. Und wie sehr manche der Beschreibungen Übelkeit erregten, was bei dem Thema aber kaum vermeidbar ist. Heute, vier Jahre Beschäftigung mit dem Thema am Rande später, sehe ich die Abhandlung kritischer. Das Buch ist sehr beschreibungslastig, was einzelne Prozeduren betrifft. Ob es wirklich alle benötigt, glaube ich nicht. Dadurch, dass in den letzten Jahren in der Forschung viel in diesem Gebiet passiert ist, ist "Theater des Schreckens" auch an vielen Stellen für den heutigen Leser oberflächlich. Es ist, und das muss man dem Buch einfach zu Gute halten, noch immer die einzige Gesamtbetrachtung zum Thema und viele von Dülmens Beobachtungen besitzen noch immer Gültigkeit. Als Einstieg ist es also durchaus geeignet auch für den Laien, von dem aus man sich bei Bedarf in die neuere Forschung vorarbeiten kann.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    More descriptive than anything. A study of the procedure of judicial executions in early modern Germany, but a bit too presentist: yes, these executions were cruel and unusual by modern standards, but seems to ignore the greater early modern distinction between temporal suffering and eternal suffering, which almost leaves the cruelty of such punishments an afterthought.

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