The Art of the English Murder (Hardcover)

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ITEM#: 16020887

Murder—a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria’s lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern England, murder entered our national psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since.The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime—and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.

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ISBN 9781605986340
Genre HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
Format Hardcover
Pages 312
Publisher Date 2014-10-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Pegasus Books
Copyright Year 2014
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.1 lb
Language English
Audience General/trade
Authors Worsley, Lucy
Country of Origin United States

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