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Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners: Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill


Nagy, V, Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners: Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 224. ISBN 978-1-137-35929-2 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2015 Victoria M. Nagy

DOI: doi:10.1057/9781137359308


Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners investigates the Essex poisoning trials of 1846 to 1851 where three women were charged with using arsenic to kill children, their husbands and brothers. Using newspapers, archival sources (including petitions and witness depositions), and records from parliamentary debates, the focus is not on whether the women were guilty or innocent, but rather on what English society during this period made of their trials and what stereotypes and stock-stories were used to describe women who used arsenic to kill. All three women were initially presented as 'bad' women but as the book illustrates there was no clear consensus on what exactly constituted bad womanhood.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:homicide, British History, gender, poison
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nagy, V (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:137856
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2020-03-07
Last Modified:2020-04-03

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