Pen and Sword Books: Broadmoor Revealed by Mark Stevens

Broadmoor Revealed
Broadmoor Revealed (9 reviews)
by Mark Stevens
Imprint: Pen & Sword Social
Found in: Reference
180 pages
ISBN: 9781781593202
Published: 2 May 2013
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Glimpse what went on behind the walls of England's first Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Mark Stevens reveals what life was like for the criminally insane, over one hundred years ago. From fresh research into the Broadmoor archives, Mark has uncovered the lost lives of patients whose mental illnesses led them to become involved in crime. Discover the five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor, giving birth to new life when three of them had previously taken it. Find out how several Victorian immigrants ended their hopeful journeys to England in madness and disaster. And follow the nail-biting numerous escapes, actual and attempted, as the first doctors tried to assert control over the residents.As well as bringing the lives of forgotten inmates to light, this thrilling book reveals new perspectives on some of the hospital's most famous Victorian patients:

- Edward Oxford, the bar boy who shot at Queen Victoria
- Richard Dadd, the brilliant artist and murderer of his own father.
- William Chester Minor, veteran of the American Civil War who went on to play a key part in the first Oxford English Dictionary.
- Christiana Edmunds, 'The Chocolate Cream Poisoner' and frustrated lover from Brighton.

Broadmoor Revealed became the most popular history e-book of 2011, and now this new expanded and revised edition celebrates the Hospital's 150th anniversary.' As reviewed in The 'Times Literary Supplement' and 'Real People Crime Confidential'.
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A compelling and fascinating book and a useful addition to our understanding of mental illness.
The Local Historian
It challenges preconceptions about mental illness and public reaction to shocking crimes.
Bracknell Forest Standard
Sensitively written…paints a fascinating picture
Who Do You Think You Are?
Detailed and thoughtful.
Times Literary Supplement
Still known today as one of the country's three high-security psychiatric hospitals, it has a colourful history, which has been assiduously brought to light by Mark Stevens of Berkshire Record Office. A fascinating insight into... [read full review]
Your Family Tree
It challenges preconceptions about mental illness and public reaction to shocking crimes. This new version published by Pen and Sword in hardback and ebook form tells some new stories and others in depth.
Get Reading
Broadmoor Revealed will find ready audiences. It's likely to be the popular read. Mark Stevens skilfully uses his access to Broadmoor's records and is especially good at describing the experiences of the female patients.
The Howard Journal
Our top choice. Superb updated and expanded version, packed with stories of some of the colourful characters who graced Broadmoor's wards in the 19th century. Told with a witty turn-of-phrase, Stevens' entertaining style lifts these... [read full review]
Family Tree
Broadmoor, Britain’s first hospital for the criminally insane, was founded 150 years ago this month. Historian Mark Stevens has spent 10 years researching the place for Broadmoor Revealed..
He says: ‘Victorian doctors were surprisingly compassionate.... [read full review]

Sunday People, May 19 2013
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About Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens is Senior Archivist at Berkshire Record Office, responsible for looking after the Broadmoor Asylum archives.