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Dark Heart: Tales from Edinburgh's Town Jail

by Douglas Skelton

About this title: The Old Tolbooth Jail--Edinburgh's Bastille--was for five centuries the capital's heart of darkness. The tall, turreted building blocked the High Street like a stone sentinel at the gates of Hell. In its early days, it played host to the Scottish Parliament and the Court of Session, but eventually it became the main jail of the Old Town. And it was a hellhole, the very epitome of what Scots Law called squalor carceris, a foul, dingy, plague-infested purgatory that was, nevertheless, an integral part of the history of the ... read more

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