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Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
This book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and ...
‘A virtue beyond all medicine’ : The hanged man’s hand, gallows tradition and healing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England
From the eighteenth century through to the abolition of public executions in England in 1868, the touch of a freshly hanged man's hand was sought after to cure a variety of swellings, wens in particular. While the healing ...