Murder in Shakespeare's England

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A&C Black, 25.10.2006 - 285 Seiten
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Fascination with murder is not a modern phenomenon. People in the past were just as interested in extreme violence and homicide as people nowadays. In seventeenth-century England all excessive and gratuitous violence was condemned and prosecuted, with murderers being categorized as particularly wicked. The courtrooms where murderers were tried were packed and crowds attended their execution. Ballads about notorious cases and prints reflected the huge interest such cases generated. Yet, in a world with no police and little forensic expertise, identification, pursuit and prosecution presented many difficulties. Murder in Shakespeare's England looks at a series of murder cases, ranging from brawls to infanticide, and including serial and sex killings, to paint a picture of how murder was committed, discovered and punished in Stuart England.
 

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Investigating Crime
1
Supernatural Sleuths
17
Infant Corpses
49
Husbands and Wives
67
Disrupted Households
89
A Womans Weapon?
107
Murderous Mothers
125
ChildKillers
151
Brawling and Duelling
167
Serial Killers and Sex Crimes
223
Notes
239
Bibliography
261
Index
281
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Seite 273 - Laura Gowing, Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), 180-182.
Seite 275 - Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud, Harvard University Press, 1990, p.1.

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Über den Autor (2006)

Vanessa McMahon is Assistant Professor at The American International University in London. She holds a doctorate in history from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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