Background and Documents

Sites of Execution:

Tyburn Gallows - felons
The Tower of London - traitors
Execution Dock at Wapping - pirates
West Smithfield - heretics, witches, servants who killed their masters, and women who killed their husbands (also called "petty treason")
East Smithfield - often used to execute riverside thieves
Tyburn Hanging Tree and the Origins of Speakers' Corner
Tyburn Convent
The Doctrine of Passive Obedience: Death and Religion:
John Foxe's Book of Martyrs and The British Academy John Foxe Project
John Donne's Death's Duel
Eyewitnesses: References in Poetry: References in Theatre: Ballads and Execution:
"A Ballad of Anne Askew"
"The Briery Bush"
"Clever Tom Clinch Going to be Hanged" by Jonathan Swift
"A Proper New Ballad" (Thomas Deloney - search for title)
The Subgenre of Murder Ballads in the Street Literature of Britain
(Kristen F. Culler)
Broadside Ballad Index (search for "execution")

The Torture and Execution of the Doctor Fian
Glossary of Execution Jargon
Elizabethan/Jacobean Prisons

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