Madness, Murder and Mayhem: Criminal Insanity in Victorian and Edwardian Britain @penswordbooks

Check out the book, Madness, Murder and Mayhem: Criminal Insanity in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, by Kathryn Burtinshaw and John Burt, as featured in this post from the Quiet Knitter blog.

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  • Title: Madness, Murder and Mayhem: Criminal Insanity in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
  • Authors: Kathryn Burtinshaw and John Burt
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword History
  • Publication Date: 2nd October 2018

Copy received from publisher for review purposes.

Description:

Following an assassination attempt on George III in 1800, new legislation significantly altered the way the criminally insane were treated by the judicial system in Britain. This book explores these changes and explains the rationale for purpose-built criminal lunatic asylums in the Victorian era.

Specific case studies are used to illustrate and describe some of the earliest patients at Broadmoor Hospital – the Criminal Lunatic Asylum for England and Wales and the Criminal Lunatic Department at Perth Prison in Scotland. Chapters examine the mental and social problems that led to crime alongside individuals considered to be weak-minded, imbeciles or idiots. Family murders are explored as well as individuals who killed for gain. An examination…

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