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Women and the Gallows 1797 – 1837 (Kindle)

Unfortunate Wretches

True Crime Social History Women of History Georgian Era

By Naomi Clifford
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 23.2 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781473863354
eBook Released: 12th December 2017

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131 women were hanged in England and Wales between 1797 and 1837, executed for crimes including murder, baby-killing, theft, arson, sheep-stealing and passing forged bank notes. Most of them were extremely poor and living in desperate situations. Some were mentally ill. A few were innocent. And almost all are now forgotten, their voices unheard for generations.

Mary Morgan – a teenager hanged as an example to others.
Eliza Fenning – accused of adding arsenic to the dumplings.
Mary Bateman – a ‘witch’ who duped her neighbours out of their savings.
Harriet Skelton – hanged for passing counterfeit pound notes in spite of efforts by Elizabeth Fry and the Duke of Gloucester to save her.

Naomi Clifford has unearthed the events that brought these ‘unfortunates’ to the gallows and has used contemporary newspaper accounts and documents to tell their stories.

Read it for: Varied accounts of female criminality, drawn from a wealth of archival sources.

Your Family History, January 2018

★★★★★ A fascinating read - highly recommended.

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★★★★★ A superbly written book, with an exquisite eye for detail.

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About Naomi Clifford

Naomi Clifford mines old newspapers for glimpses of everyday Georgian life for her blog naomiclifford.com and has been researching 18th-century elopements and abductions for the past four years. She has also written These Were Our Sons: Stories from Stockwell War Memorial, published under the name Naomi Lourie Klein. She is a former journalist and lives in London.

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