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The Dark Side of Oxford (Paperback)

Crime, Poverty and Violence

P&S History > True Crime World History

By Marilyn Yurdan
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 164
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526739650
Published: 17th April 2019



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Marilyn Yurdan was born in Oxford and has spent most of her life in her native county. The Dark Side of Oxford is her 26th local and family history book and she has a Master of Studies degree in English Local History from the University of Oxford. She now lives in Abingdon and her interests include writing, reading, gardening, cookery and taking Continuing Education classes.

The idea for the book came from her research where she quickly learnt that the idyllic City of Dreaming Spires is very far from an accurate view of life in Oxford over the ages. The material used ranges from the 13th century to late-Victorian times and paints a fascinating and sometimes shocking picture of how our ancestors lived and died.

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Oxoniensia - Vol 85, 2020

"This book is not only a scholarly dissertation on the seamy side of Oxford from the 12th
century to the present day, it has an excellent and comprehensive index and list of sources."

Family and Community Historical Research Society

Marilyn sees to have uncovered a dark history of the city, particularly when it comes to Victorian Oxford – this is a superb account of a city you might not suspect existed. Well worth a read!

Read the full review here

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About Marilyn Yurdan

Marilyn Yurdan has written extensively over the course of her career so far. She is the author of 25 local and family history books, exploring aspects of Oxfordshire's history. Recent books include Working Oxfordshire: From Airmen to Wheelwrights (2011) and The Oxford Book of Days (2013).

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