Murder and Morality in Victorian Britain: The Story of Madeleine Smith

Murder and Morality in Victorian Britain: The Story of Madeleine Smith - Gender in History

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Publisher's Synopsis

This book explores the life of Madeleine Smith, who in 1857 was tried for poisoning her secret lover. As well as charting the course of this illicit relationship and Madeleine's subsequent trial, the authors draw on a wide range of sources to pursue themes such as the nature of gender relations and the extent of women's social and commercial activities, and to bring vividly to life the world of the mid-Victorian middle class.The book contains new discoveries about Madeleine's long and colourful life after the trial which confirm the view that it is only in fiction that the bad end unhappily. The book will be of interest to academic social historians, but the fascination of its subject matter and the way in which much rich material is used to evoke a vivid sense of time and place, will also promote a wider interest among a more general readership.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719080692
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 364.1523092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 204
Weight: 292g
Height: 216mm
Width: 138mm
Spine width: 72mm