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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'.
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..Sunday People, May 19 2013
He says: ‘Victorian doctors were surprisingly compassionate. They provided good food, healthy occupations, hobbies and uplifting surroundings. And it did work because some patients ended up well enough to go back to their families.”
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 fascinating characters off the page. You'd be mad not to read it.Family Tree
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
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
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 the country's most famous asylum for criminalsYour Family Tree
Detailed and thoughtful.Times Literary Supplement
Sensitively written…paints a fascinating pictureWho Do You Think You Are?
It challenges preconceptions about mental illness and public reaction to shocking crimes.Bracknell Forest Standard
A compelling and fascinating book and a useful addition to our understanding of mental illness.The Local Historian
Each chapter is jam packed with information taken from the archives, building up a picture of Broadmoor as an institution, the patients that resided inside and events that led them to its door. It is presented in a concise and entertaining way ... Stevens takes the reader on a journey that will challenge any pre-conceptions on the Victorian Asylum, lunatics and even Broadmoor itself.Historical Honey
Life in the Victorian Asylum reconstructs the lost world of the nineteenth century public asylums. This fresh take on the history of mental health reveals why county asylums were built, the sort of people they housed and the treatments they received, as well as the enduring legacy of these remarkable institutions. Mark Stevens, the best-selling author of Broadmoor Revealed, is a professional archivist and expert on asylum records. In this book, he delves into Victorian mental health archives to recreate the experience of entering an asylum and being treated there, perhaps for a lifetime. Praise…By Mark Stevens
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