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Murder in Shakespeare's England Vanessa McMahon (Parkins)

Murder in Shakespeare's England By Vanessa McMahon (Parkins)

Murder in Shakespeare's England by Vanessa McMahon (Parkins)

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A history of murder in 17th-century England, with accounts of crimes, criminals and punishments - and what people thought about them.

Murder in Shakespeare's England Summary

Murder in Shakespeare's England by Vanessa McMahon (Parkins)

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 the seventeenth century 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.

About Vanessa McMahon (Parkins)

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

Table of Contents

Investigating crime; supernatural sleuths; bodies; infant corpses; husbands and wives; disrupted households; poison - a woman's weapon; murderous mothers; child-killers; brawling and duelling; the usual suspects; serial killers and sex crimes; punishment.

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Murder in Shakespeare's England by Vanessa McMahon (Parkins)
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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