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Edition: Pen & Sword Books
Date of issue: January 11th 2017
ISBN: 1473864135
ISBN 13: 9781473864139
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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 strived for acceptance and struggled for change. It left ‘mad people’ hanged for offences 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 king’s former wet-nurse who slaughtered six children; the worst serial killer in Britain…and more.
A Who’s Who introduces the principal players – life-saving 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 Majesty’s Pleasure, ‘Ticket of Leave’ to ‘Burden of Proof’ – helps to explain the outcomes in court.
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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Former Assistant County Archaeologist of Wiltshire, living and writing in Herefordshire's Golden Valley. Now a published author (Pen & Sword, The History Press, etc), historian, blogger, book reviewer, media presenter and public speaker, David J. Vaughan writes both fact and fiction, including on history (often bloody) and crime & insanity in the Victorian era. He is also a 'jobbing' feature writer across mainstream and independent publications.

David's two latest books are Mad Or Bad? Crime & Insanity In Victorian Britain (P&S, 2017) and The Little Book Of Herefordshire (THP, 2016). Other works include Bloody British History: Salisbury (THP, 2014). All are available in leading High Street bookshops and online and via his website http://www.davidjvaughan.co.uk. The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer - a very Victorian Murder is an Amazon download

Current projects include his new crime-centred novels - introducing a detective partnership fit for our post-modern age - and television screenplays which rework the popular Victorian drama back to its dark murderous roots.

When not writing, David reviews titles for, amongst others, Pickering and Chatto (now Routledge), academic publisher of related journals, monographs and books.

David also owns and writes his blog about 'Crime and Insanity in Victorian England' at criminalunacy.blogspot.co.uk, getting in excess of 2000 hits each month.

And gives lectures and talks on his areas of interest: criminal madness, local and regional history, the archaeology of Britain and prehistory of the world.



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