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In the past few months, I have posted a couple of excerpts from Six years in the prisons of England, in which an anonymous merchant described his time in prison, and in its hospital ward. He was so badly cured there that he had to have his leg amputated. At the end of six long
A few days ago, we talked about what life was like in the hospital wards of English prisons. Today I’ve thought it’d be interesting to take a look at how French prisoners lived. Here’s how Peter Kropotkin, a Russian revolutionary and anarcho-communist that spent 5 years in a French prison, recalled his experience in his
Six years in the prisons of England was written by an anonymous English merchant who committed a crime in order to save his business from bankruptcy. A robust and healthy man, his life in prison seriously injured his leg, causing him to spend years in the hospital ward. Sadly, the doctors, used to convicts pretending
A few months ago, I posted an excerpt from Six years in the prisons of England, in which an anonymous merchant described his time in prison. At that time, our merchant was in the hospital wing for a leg injury, which was so badly cured that in the end there was no choice but to