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Women Who Shocked The Nation

Diane Canwell

Is the female of the species really more deadly than the male? In Women Who Shocked The Nation Diane Canwell chronicles the deeds of the most notorious British women of all time – from as early as the 11th century up to the present day.

The women in these pages stand accused of many crimes, from murder, piracy and witchcraft to adultery and all forms of lewd conduct. Well-known cases such as those of Ruth Ellis and Rosemary West appear alongside other names that have now faded into history but which called forth the nation's outrage in their time. Moll Cutpurse was a 17th-century master thief who, as well as being an expert pickpocket, liked to smoke a pipe and carouse about town in men's clothing. Amelia Dyer was a Victorian baby-farmer with a taste for strangling her infant victims. Perhaps most intriguing is the story of Dr James Barry, an army surgeon who, on his death after forty years of service, was found to have been a woman in disguise.

Many of the offences here portrayed would not be perceived as terrible by today's standards, but each at the time sent shockwaves through British society – radicals, criminals, courtesans and killers all taking their place in the history of infamy.

2002 • £14.99 • HB • 224pp
260 x 195mm • 60 b/w illus.
ISBN 1 85983 287 3

 

 

 

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