It looks as though it has real depth to it. And your review of it is excellent, so thanks. This sounds right up my street — no pun intended as there was a murder in the 19th century on my street.
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I very much enjoy true crime stories, so I did find this book to be a rather enjoyable read. Twenty true crime short stories, all murder cases, all set in London, through seven centuries - starting in Tudor times and ending in the 20th century. Oct 10, Martin Willoughby rated it liked it. If you like real life whodunnits and murders, then this is the book for you. May 10, S. Skillman rated it it was amazing. A well-written and absorbing account of several murder cases from the time of the Peasants' Revolt, through to Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in the twentieth century.
For all those interested in human psychology and in particular the psychology of homicide, as well as social history, this is a valuable resource.
From incomprehensible wickedness through to mystifying naivety and apparent lack of motive, you will find this an engrossing study of the human condition. Also worthwhile to consider A well-written and absorbing account of several murder cases from the time of the Peasants' Revolt, through to Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in the twentieth century. Also worthwhile to consider how our attitude to capital punishment has changed over the centuries; and useful for reflection, that even when public hangings were banned, there was no shortage of people who would have flocked to view the spectacle.
Nowadays we have murder mysteries, shocking films, TV crime drama - in the past our appetite for these was satisfied by the live spectacle of our fellow human beings dying in front of us.
Nov 30, Deanne rated it really liked it Shelves: Very interesting book which covers years of crimes in the city of London. Starting with the peasants revolt, a time where the Normans were still in charge and if you murdered an English subject you could get away with it, provided you were Norman.
The book covers cases that aren't as well known as others, but are used to illustrate points of law which were the norm at the time. Other cases are a result of common practices, baby farming for instance. For those who lov history this is an interes Very interesting book which covers years of crimes in the city of London. For those who lov history this is an interesting book, it's even better if you like things a bit darker. Jul 10, David rated it really liked it. Max Decharne writes with confidence. He has taken just a few of the many criminal cases perpetrated over the last few centuries and has retold them.
Some murders I already knew about but his writing skill still made it a very interesting read. Sep 23, Kylie rated it really liked it.
This is a very interesting book of Seven centuries of murder and punishment in London. Claire rated it really liked it Jun 20, Tracy rated it it was amazing Apr 18, Rebecca Hore rated it it was amazing Mar 31, What initially looked like suicide was found to have been murder, possibly on the orders of the clergy.
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More bizarrely still his remains were brought before the church authorities, tried for heresy, found guilty and publicly incinerated at the stake. There is some scant consolation in reading about this squalid episode in learning that the crowds, far from jeering at the long-dead prisoner, showed considerable scorn for the executioner and those who had ordered such proceedings.
From onwards, there are at least three murders for each century, all examined in detail. Some are fairly well-known, others less so. The killing of singer Martha Ray at Covent Garden in by the Reverend James Hackman must be one of the earliest documented cases of an unhinged stalker whose obsession with him victim culminated in tragedy, and in his case a botched suicide attempt, trial and hanging at Tyburn.
Perhaps the most familiar case in these pages is that of Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated, at Westminster in From the twentieth century, we have the episode of the East Finchley baby farmers in , the fatal shooting of Palace Cinema manager Dudley Hoard in , and a family argument in Hampstead in which led to Styllou Christofi, a Cypriot woman who spoke little English, strangling her daughter-in-law, trying to burn the body and almost setting the whole house on fire.
After her trial, it was revealed she had had a fortunate escape from the gallows in Cyprus as a young woman by taking part in the killing of her mother-in-law when a burning piece of wood was rammed down her throat. Throughout this book the emphasis is partly on judicial and social history, and to an extent on the city of London itself, as well as on the killers and the victims. Each case is examined in detail, and there are black and white half-tone illustrations at the start of each chapter as well as a colour plate section in the middle. It should appeal not only to devotees of true crime but to those interested in London and social history as well.