A HANGMAN'S DIARY Being the Journal of Master Franz Schmidt Public Executioner of Nuremberg, 1573-1617

Calvert (C.) & Gruner (A.W.) & Keller (Albrecht) Ed./Tr. by :

Published by Philip Allan, 1928
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Hardback. 'Maister Franz Schmidt, whose authentic diary is here published was public executioner of Nuremberg from 1578 to 1617, having acted as assistant to his father (who preceded him in his official post) for five years previously. During this period he executed 361 persons and otherwise punished 345 minor criminals. Besides revealing the life and work of an executioner in one of the walled cities of the Middle Ages, this diary constitutes an important record of social life and manners of mediaeval Europe. Mr. Calvert contributes a masterly essay on the judicial system and criminal procedure in the Middle Ages, with detailed descriptions of trials, jails, tortures, executions, etc.' Contents include : A Brief Account of Criminal Procedure in Germany in the Middle Ages; Introduction to Schmidt's Diary; Schmidt's Diary: Part I Executions, Part II Minor Bodily Punishments. Edited with an Intro' by Albrecht Keller and Translated by C. Calvert and A.W. Gruner, with an Introductory Essay by C. Calvert. With 8 illus. + Index. 250pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. With lge. but neat gift insc. to ffep, browned eps and edges, v. sl. patchy fading to top edge of covers and v. sl. sunned sp. Vg. Bookseller Inventory # 11750

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Title: A HANGMAN'S DIARY Being the Journal of ...

Publisher: Philip Allan

Publication Date: 1928

Binding: Hardcover / Hardback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Edition: First edition.

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