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The Resource The faithful executioner : life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century, Joel F. Harrington

The faithful executioner : life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century, Joel F. Harrington

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The faithful executioner : life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century
Title
The faithful executioner
Title remainder
life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century
Statement of responsibility
Joel F. Harrington
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The extraordinary story of a Renaissance-era executioner and his world, based on a rare and overlooked journal. In the late 1500s a Nuremberg man named Frantz Schmidt began to do something utterly remarkable for his era: he started keeping a journal. But what makes Schmidt even more compelling to us is his day job. For forty-five years, Schmidt was an efficient and prolific public executioner, employed by the state to extract confessions and put convicted criminals to death. In his years of service, he executed 361 people and tortured, flogged, or disfigured hundreds more. Is it possible that a man who practiced such cruelty could also be insightful, compassionate, humane--even progressive? In his groundbreaking book, the historian Joel F. Harrington looks for the answer in Schmidt's journal, whose immense significance has been ignored until now. Harrington uncovers details of Schmidt's medical practice, his marriage to a woman ten years older than he, his efforts at penal reform, his almost touching obsession with social status, and most of all his conflicted relationship with his own craft and the growing sense that it could not be squared with his faith. A biography of an ordinary man struggling for his soul, The Faithful Executioner is also an unparalleled portrait of Europe on the cusp of modernity, yet riven by conflict and encumbered by paranoia, superstition, and abuses of power. In his intimate portrait of a Nuremberg executioner, Harrington also sheds light on our own fraught historical moment"--
  • "A work of nonfiction that explores the thoughts and experiences of one early modern executioner, Nuremberg's Frantz Schmidt (1555-1634), through his own words - a rare personal journal, in which he recorded and described all the executions and corporal punishments he administered between 1573 and his retirement in 1617"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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Harrington, Joel F.
Dewey number
  • 364.66092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV8551
LC item number
.H374 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Schmidt, Franz
  • Executions and executioners
  • Criminal procedure
  • Crime
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The faithful executioner : life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century, Joel F. Harrington
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-264) and index
Contents
Apprentice -- Journeyman -- Master -- Sage -- Healer -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn795174946
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxvi, 283 p.
Isbn
9780809049929
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012029017
Other control number
40022115113
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)795174946
Label
The faithful executioner : life and death, honor and shame in the turbulent sixteenth century, Joel F. Harrington
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-264) and index
Contents
Apprentice -- Journeyman -- Master -- Sage -- Healer -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn795174946
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxvi, 283 p.
Isbn
9780809049929
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012029017
Other control number
40022115113
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)795174946

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