Anyone know any books that deal with Hanging? Preferably witch trials?
So I am writing this story, but I'm completely not moving past the first page because I don't have a clue what happens in the hangings back in 1730's. I also don't know the whole structure of judges and ruling and so it would help Heaps if someone know of a book that deals with witchcraft accusation .. A hanging scene ... so that I can understand how it all used to go, back in the day...
I'm not English or American so I have very less knowledge about English history, even though I LOVE books/movies from medieval era or up till 1850s.
Anyway please help if you know...
I already know about Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper... Any other similar?
If you want some academic histories on the subject, try the following:
The Hanging Tree, by V.A.C. Gattrell (1996)
The London Hanged, by Peter Linebaugh (2003)
Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in Germany, 1600-1987, by Richard J. Evans (1996)
Witch Child and Sorceress by Celia Rees.
Whilst they are young adult books [I read them when I was 14], they are extremely thoroughly researched and enjoyable in their own right. They deal with witch trials in America and I remember in the first few chapters of the first book there is a hanging scene of a witch.
Hopefully that will be of some use. :)