Victorian Murderesses

Victorian Murderesses

A True History of Thirteen Respectable French and English Women Accused of Unspeakable Crimes

eBook - 2014
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"This riveting combination of true crime and social history examines a dozen cases from the 1800s involving French and English women charged with murder. Each incident was a cause celebre, and this mixture of scandal and scholarship offers illuminating details of backgrounds, deeds, and trials. "The real delight is that historian Mary S. Hartman does more than reconstruct twelve famous trials. She has written a piece on the social history of nineteenth-century women from an illuminating perspective: their favorite murders." -- Time Magazine "Noteworthy.... It has several distinctions: its expert prose style, its scholarly authority, and its perceptive analysis of the prevailing attitudes toward women's roles and domestic relations." -- Criticism "The author would have made a fine detective....When she observes the women and men in extreme circumstances, she writes with the gift of a novelist and the depth of a scholar." -- Los Angeles Times "Vividly written, meticulously researched." -- Choice"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Mineola, New York :, Dover Publications,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781306800167
1306800161
9780486794938
0486794938
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: "This riveting combination of true crime and social history examines a dozen cases from the 1800s involving French and English women charged with murder. Each incident was a cause celebre, and this mixture of scandal and scholarship offers illuminating details of backgrounds, deeds, and trials. "The real delight is that historian Mary S. Hartman does more than reconstruct twelve famous trials. She has written a piece on the social history of nineteenth-century women from an illuminating perspective: their favorite murders." -- Time Magazine "Noteworthy.... It has several distinctions: its expert prose style, its scholarly authority, and its perceptive analysis of the prevailing attitudes toward women's roles and domestic relations." -- Criticism "The author would have made a fine detective....When she observes the women and men in extreme circumstances, she writes with the gift of a novelist and the depth of a scholar." -- Los Angeles Times "Vividly written, meticulously researched." -- Choice"-- Provided by publisher.

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