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Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners: Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill

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Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners investigates the Essex poisoning trials of 1846 to 1851 where three women were charged with using arsenic to kill children, their husbands and brothers. Using newspapers, archival sources (including petitions and witness depositions), and records from parliamentary debates, the focus is not on whether the women were guilty or innocent, but rather on what English society during this period made of their trials and what stereotypes and stock-stories were used to describe women who used arsenic to kill. All three women were initially presented as 'bad' women - but as the book illustrates there was no clear consensus on what exactly constituted bad womanhood.

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Victoria M. Nagy received her PhD from the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Monash University, Australia. Prior to this she was lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Gender and Change in Mid-Nineteenth Century England1. Crime in Nineteenth-Century England: Decline, Causes and Concerns2. Broadening the Scope: Moving Beyond Simple Sources3. Poisoning Crimes in the United Kingdom: 1839-18514. The Archetypical Poisoning Woman: Sarah Chesham's Cases5. Death Clubs, Secret Poisonings and an Execution: The Case of Mary May6. Fallen Woman or Bad Witnesses? The Case of Hannah SouthgateConclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137359292
Author:
Nagy, Victoria M.
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
World History-England General
Publication Date:
20150131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

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History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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