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Prison: a new book from The National Archives

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Prison: a new book from The National Archives

'Prison: 500 years of life behind bars' by Edward Marston

'Prison: 500 years of life behind bars' by Edward Marston

26 January 2009

A compelling new history - Prison: Five hundred years of life behind bars by Edward Marston - is out now, published by The National Archives.

Original documents and photographs reveal centuries of unchanging prison life - lost liberty, hard labour, restricted rations, silence and separation, corporal and capital punishment - as well as tracing new developments such as Victorian prison building and the abolition of hanging. The book vividly portrays the abuses that occurred within dark prison walls, from the racking of Henry VIII's enemies to the force feeding of suffragettes.

At the heart of Prison are the dramatic stories of the men, women and children who lived - and died - behind bars; from political prisoners like Sir Thomas More to writers such as Oscar Wilde, who wrote movingly of his imprisonment at the infamous Reading Gaol. It also tells the stories of 'ordinary' people who had extraordinary experiences, such as Mary Wade, transported to Australia at the age of eleven, and John Lee, the man they couldn't hang, as well as fascinating accounts of officers, executioners and tireless reformers.

Prison is available now from The National Archives bookshop    

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