Mad or Bad : Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain

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  • Author(s): David J. Vaughan
  • Publication Information:
    [Place of publication not identified] : Pen & Sword History. 2017
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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      In a violent 19th century, desperate attempts by the alienists - a new wave of'mad-doctor'- brought the insanity plea into Victorian courts. Defining psychological conditions in an attempt at acquittal, they faced ridicule, obstruction - even professional ruin - as they strove for acceptance and struggled for change. It left'mad people'hanged for offenses they could not remember, and bad people freed on unscrupulous pleas.Written in accessible language, this book - unlike any before it - retells twenty-five cases, from the renowned to obscure, including an attempt to murder a bemused Queen Victoria; the poisoner Dove and the much-feared magician; the kings former wet-nurse who slaughtered six children; the worst serial killer in Britainand more.A Who's Who introduces the principal players - lifesaving medics, like Maudsley and Bucknill; intransigent lawyers like Bramwell and Parke., while a convenient Glossary of terms and conditions: ranging from Insane on Arraignment to Her Majestys Pleasure, Ticket of Leave to Burden of Proof, helps to explain the outcomes of the cases.Insanity Conditions presents, in glossary format, the diagnosed maladies put forward in court. Rarely accepted, more often rejected, by those keen on justice in its traditional form. A History of Debate explains the titular subject - through graspable language and a window in time. How the ones found'not guilty on the grounds of insanity'were curiously handled in Victorian law.A chapter devoted to madness and women - from hysteria to murder, monthly madness to crime. Raising opportune questions about the issue of gender, and exposing the truths of a masculine world.
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      9781473864139. 9781473864146. 9781473864153. 9781473864160.
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      971587703
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      1462205
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      DAVID J. VAUGHAN. Mad or Bad : Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain. [Place of publication not identified]: Pen & Sword History, 2017. ISBN 9781473864139. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1462205. Acesso em: 24 nov. 2020.
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      David J. Vaughan. Mad or Bad : Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain. Pen & Sword History; 2017. Accessed November 24, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1462205
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      David J. Vaughan. (2017). Mad or Bad : Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain. Pen & Sword History.
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      David J. Vaughan (2017) Mad or Bad : Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain. [Place of publication not identified]: Pen & Sword History. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1462205 (Accessed: 24 November 2020).
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      David J. Vaughan. Mad or Bad : Crime and Insanity in Victorian Britain [Internet]. [Place of publication not identified]: Pen & Sword History; 2017 [cited 2020 Nov 24]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1462205