About Death Penalty. Reflections on Legal History

From the Code of Hammurabi and Sumerian Precursors up to Gemanic Law, the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages

Volker Krey

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Volker Krey, About Death Penalty. Reflections on Legal History (2019), W. Kohlhammer Verlag, 70565 Stuttgart, ISBN: 9783170367845

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Dr. Volker Krey, Full Professor of Law (criminal law, criminal procedure law, and legal methodology) at the State University of Trier; Judge of the Court of Appeals, criminal division, City of Koblenz (1978 & 1998).

Beschreibung / Abstract

The brief monograph at hand deals with the issue Death Penalty from a legal history standpoint. Here, after some introductory remarks on pre-state societies (hunters and gatherers), the following historic eras are subject matter: The Code of Hammurabi and Sumerian precursors, Germanic Law, the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages.

Target groups of this publication particularly are criminal lawyers, legal historians and general historians, self-evidently also students of such academic subjects.


  • Cover
  • Titlepage
  • Impressum
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: The Code of Hammurabi and Sumerian Precursors
  • I. The most Important Sumerian Precursor: Code of Ur-Nammu
  • II. Code of Hammurabi
  • Chapter Two: Germanic Law and Roman Law
  • III. Germanic Law
  • IV. Roman Law
  • Chapter Three: The Early Middle Ages
  • V. Beginning and End of this Era
  • VI. Extent and Importance of the Frankish Empire
  • VII. Legal Sources and Nature of the Frankish Law
  • VIII. About the Criminal Law of the Frankish Kingdom
  • Chapter Four: The High Middle Ages
  • IX. The Beginning and End of the High Middle Ages. Delimitation between this Era and the Late Middle Ages as well as the Early Modern Age
  • X. General Assessment of the High Middle Ages
  • XI. First Steps towards Public Criminal Law including Death Penalty
  • Chapter Five: A brief Outlook for the Late Middle Ages
  • XII. Beginning and gradual Increase of the cruel “Inqisitionsprozess† ex officio characterized by Torture and Death Penalty during the Late Middle Ages
  • XIII. Hexenbulle and Hexenhammer: Major Blots with strong Impact on the Waves of Witch Trials during the first two Centuries of the Early Modern Age

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