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In the Tudor age the murder rate was five times higher than it is today. Now, in this unique true crime guide, the Tudor Murder Files reveals just how bloody and brutal this fascinating era really was.
From the dark days of Henry VIII to the turbulent times of Shakespeare, James Moore’s new book is the first to chart the period’s most gripping murder cases in all their grizzly detail. Featuring tales of domestic slaughter, sexual intrigue and cunning assassinations, as well as murder mysteries worthy of Agatha Christie, the book vividly brings to life the violent crime wave that gripped the 16th century both at home and abroad. Enter a world in which stabbings were rife, guns were used to kill victims for the first time and in which culprits frequently escaped justice.
The book also reveals just how severe some of the penalties could be, with gruesome punishments for those who dared to commit the gravest of crimes. Discover how one murderer was gruesomely ‘pressed to death’, another boiled alive for poisoning his victims and meet some of history’s most notorious serial killers.
Each story was so unique, so strange and yet utterly fascinating that once I began, I just wanted to keep reading.Sarah Bryson - Author
Moore’s book on murders that took place during the reign of the Tudor’s is definitely a must read!
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The 5 Most Gruesome Tudor PunishmentsHistory Hit, September 2019
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The Tudor era can be less immediately accessible to us in the 21st century than, perhaps, the Victorian era; with the latter, we can understand our ancestors though newspapers and photographs - but the Tudors can seem far more remote. James Moore attempts to bring them to life here: ironically, through detailing a multitude of violent deaths! His book trawls the archives for accounts of crimes and punishments, and presents them in an entertaining, unstuffy way. He draws comparisons between the Tudor times and the modern day - for example, a case in the 16th century Worcestershire and the crimes of Fred and Rose West in 20th century Gloucester. It's all drawn from impeccable sources, and it makes for an enjoyable read (if that's the right word for a book about murder). But more importantly, it makes our Tudor forebears' lives more vivid, showing the disputes and violence that frequently marred their lives, as well as detailing the response of contemporaries to these dark deeds.Your Family History, January 2017
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Only a few centuries ago, life was so cheap, you could be wandering around the court in the morning, and be dead in the afternoon, at the whim of the monarchy or one of its representatives. I don't suppose that Tudor times were any worse than previous times, but they certainly seem to have something of a reputation, which James Moore's excellent book celebrates in some style!Books Monthly, November 2016 – reviewed by Paul Norman
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If you are interested in social history by getting into the detail of serious crime in any period establishes how people lived and in the case of this book died!Robert Bartlett, Police History Society
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This was a delightfully gruesome and fascinating look at murder and punishments during the Tudor period. Investigation techniques along with punishments and even case files are shared in a very easy to read and engaging way.NetGalley, reviewed by Eve Recinella
If you are a fan of crime and the macabre, then this book is not to be missed.
I can't believe I loved a book about murder so much. The Tudor Murder Files was so interesting and enlightening about the time period. Death was all around the people whether it was murder or disease. James Moore gave a perfect amount of detail in each chapter. I couldn't put the book down.NetGalley, reviewed by Jennifer Coleman
Morbidly fascinating collection of murder cases, mainly from the sixteenth century. Investigation techniques and punishments are also discussed in detail. Ideal for fans of true crime or Tudor times alike.NetGalley, reviewed by Brooke Weber
All in all, a decent read for those with an interest in true crime or history of crime.NetGalley, reviewed by Lena Wilczynski
This book provides a nice overview of murder, punishments and investigative techniques of the Tudor era. It was nice to see the inclusion of crimes I already knew a little about (Amy Robsart, Lord Darnley, David Riccio) along side many I never heard about. It's an interesting read for anyone interested in true crime or history of crime.NetGalley, reviewed by Sara Southard
An interesting book covering well-known and less well-known murders of the Tudor era. With as much detail as possible, and relying on pamphlets printed at the time, this book explores a more violent age where death was a constant threat and policing nonexistent.NetGalley, reviewed by Rosemarie Cawkwell
Excellently researched about the most gripping period of history and its often gruesome andAmazon Reviewer
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Morbidly interesting, this provides a pretty good look at murders, punishments and investigative techniques of the Tudor era. Sometimes it could get a little dry, but for the most part it was not a bad read. It did not rely to heavily on direct quires from primary sources, which is great because they can sometimes be a bit of a challenge to a more modern reader.Lena Wilczynski, Blogger
He does cover the few Tudor murders I was already familiar with (Amy Robsart, Lord Darnley, David Riccio) and many others that I hadn't. All in all, a decent read for those with an interest in true crime or history of crime.
This book provides a nice overview of murder, punishments and investigative techniques of the Tudor era. It was nice to see the inclusion of crimes I already knew a little about (Amy Robsart, Lord Darnley, David Riccio) along side many I never heard about. It's an interesting read for anyone interested in true crime or history of crime.Sara Southward, Reviewer at Professional Bookworm
Morbidly fascinating collection of murder cases, mainly from the sixteenth century. Investigation techniques and punishments are also discussed in detail. Ideal for fans of true crime or Tudor times alike.Brooke Weber, Reviewer at Goodreads
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Crime and Punishment in Tudor England tells the story of the enactment of law and its penalties from Henry VII to Elizabeth I. The sixteenth century was remarkable in many ways. In England, it was the century of the Tudor Dynasty. It heralded the Reformation, William Shakespeare, the first appearance of bottled beer in London pubs, Sir Francis Drake, and the Renaissance. Oh, and the Spanish Armadas—all five of them! Yes, five armadas and all failures. It was a watershed century for crime and punishment. Henry VII’s paranoia about the loyalty of the nobility led to military-trained vagrants…By April Taylor
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