Solomon's Noose - The True Story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart.

Solomon s Noose The True Story of Her Majesty s Hangman of Hobart The story of a young convict Solomon Blay who became Her Majesty s hangman in Van Diemen s Land the man who personally had to deliver an Empire s judgment on men and women and endured his own n

  • Title: Solomon's Noose - The True Story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart.
  • Author: Steve Harris
  • ISBN: 9781922129741
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty s hangman in Van Diemen s Land the man who personally had to deliver an Empire s judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to survive all in the context of the great struggles of good evil, life death, hope despair, which drew the attention ofThe story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty s hangman in Van Diemen s Land the man who personally had to deliver an Empire s judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to survive all in the context of the great struggles of good evil, life death, hope despair, which drew the attention of Darwin, Twain, Trollope and Dickens as Van Diemen s Land evolved from a Hades of Evil to sow the seeds of nationhood The book paints a vivid picture of the society and poverty from which Blay s character was forged in England and the desperate, brutal nature of being a convict in Van Diemen s Land Solomon s Noose is an important book in exposing the dark underbelly in the formation of modern Australia From the furthest corner of that foreign country, the past, comes the haunting story of the convict who became the British Empire s youngest executioner Beware the shock of the true Andrew Rule, award winning journalist and author Impressive research and a story that challenges the imagination except that it s true A prisoner elects to become a hangman to improve his lot in life All this set against the Gothic world of Van Diemen s Land in the time of convicts, bushrangers and rough justice Les Carlyon, bestselling author of Gallipoli and The Great War.

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    1. This was a fascinating read both of Tasmania's penal history and the inner workings of the whole justice system. Solomon Blay was Tasmania's executioner/hangman for almost 50 years and this book details many of the cases and executions he was involved in. It was a very grim and harsh time and the job of hangman was a lonely and alienating one. He was ostracised by the whole community and it would have been difficult to imagine the personal demons he would have been dealing with. This was an insi [...]

    2. If are the least bit interest in the early years of white settlement in Australia then this book is for you. Our small isle called Tasmania was the sight of our first penal colony along with Sydney Cove at a comparable time. We are all shocked by the treatment of our native forefathers, the aborigines, but this book tells us also about the tragic history of the first convicts. After performing minor crimes in the U.K, these poor people were subjected to extreme "torture" - the only word availabl [...]

    3. Solomon’s Noose is an incredibly well written and researched book. It describes the settlement of Tasmania by prisoners and the almost unimaginable hardships that they suffered. Solomon Blay, the hangman, dispatched more than two hundred souls to the afterworld.The research and detail in this book are staggering. That said, and given the title, it was a little disappointing to find myself twenty-five percent through the text before the first hanging occurred. I am not a historian but read for [...]

    4. This is one of the most readable and thorough books on convict-era Australia.If you were to pick up this book only hoping to learn about Solomon Blay, you may be disappointed by the many tangents of early white-Australian history that Steve Harris investigates. However, if you read this story hoping to learn about the era instead of the man, then you're likely to be as satisified as I.Solomon Blay was in Australia for sixty years, and this book covers all of those years. This is a huge period of [...]

    5. I found this book slightly annoying. It purports to be 'the true story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart' and it does tell the story of Solomon Blay, a convict hangman in the colony of Tasmania. But it also delves into many side alleys that are not relevant to the story.That said, it is interesting as a broader history of the convict settlement, telling of the brutal way that the convicts were treated in those times.It is a little repetitive, so some tighter editing may also have helped.

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