Dark and foggy Victorian streets, the murderous madman, the arsenic-laced evening meal
Crime and Criminals of Victorian England
Dark and foggy Victorian streets, the murderous madman, the arsenic-laced evening meal – we all think we know the realities of Victorian crime. Adrian Gray’s thrilling book recounts the classic murders, by knife and poison, but it also covers much more, taking the reader into less familiar parts of Victorian life, uncovering the wicked, the vengeful, the foolish and the hopeless amongst the criminal world of the nineteenth century. Here you will encounter the women who sold their children, corrupt bankers, smugglers, highwaymen, the first terrorists, bloodthirsty mutineers and petty thieves; you will meet the ‘mesmerists’ who fooled a credulous public, and even the Salvation Army band that went to gaol. Gray journeys through the cities, villages, lanes, mills and sailing ships of the period, ranging from Carlisle to Cornwall, showing how our laws today have been shaped by what the Victorians considered acceptable – or made illegal.
ADRIAN GRAY studied history at Cambridge and has worked in the education sector for almost thirty years. He is author of more than twenty books, including Crime & Criminals of Victorian Kent, Crime & Criminals of Victorian Lincolnshire and Crime & Criminals of Victorian London. He lives in Nottinghamshire.