Introduction

Digital images collected by the Harvard Law School Library of more than five hundred broadsides – styled at the time as "Last Dying Speeches" or "Bloody Murders" – that were sold to the audiences that gathered to witness public executions in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. The examples digitized span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of executions for such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery and treason.

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