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Women Who Kill (Hardback)

A History of Britain's Most Dangerous Women

P&S History > British History P&S History > True Crime Women of History

By Erin Fetterly
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 24 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399047708
Published: 30th August 2024

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Innocent, guilty, coerced, framed.

These are the stories of dozens of women who found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Whether innocent or not, these women were all indicted for murder of some sort; most of them ended up facing execution. From Britain’s late medieval period through the following 600 years, this book explores the world of murderous female crime and pulls you in to the lives of these women. It situates their stories on the timeline of British crime and relates their terrible deeds to the criminal world and proceedings of the times they lived in.

Enjoy this glimpse into the history of Britain’s criminal underbelly and the women within it, who showed what desperation, lack of mental health support, and cruelty, could lead to.

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About Erin Fetterly

Erin Fetterly is a historian, researcher, and writer from Canada. She is currently working toward her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, where she is writing about early modern women’s manuscript writing. Her interests include women’s history, royal history and the history of medicine, science, witchcraft, and crime, with a focus on Britain. She has written a variety of articles for The Historian’s Magazine and enjoys creating exciting and approachable historical content for her Instagram account @thecanadianlondoner. She has a love for London and in her spare time enjoys making music, reading, and baking. She lives in Barrie, Ontario with her family. This is her first book.

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