A look at the dark side of life, Victorian-style, when nothing was quite as it
seemed and a public execution could be an entertaining family day out.
Murderers, poachers, thieves, pickpockets and vagabonds all went about their
business with impunity. Crime took place on the streets, on public transport, in
homes, pubs, prisons, asylums, workhouses and brothels - it was all part of
everyday life in Edinburgh in the late 1800s.
Naturally the punishments awarded varied considerably, depending upon the
crimes committed. Murderers and thieves – particularly horse thieves – could
expect the rope, though others could hope for a reprieve. Such a remission
would automatically add them to list of convicts to be deported to the penal
colonies in Australia. Alternatively, convicts might expect to spend time in gaol
or a House of Correction, with hard labour and floggings often thrown in for
This collection of real life crimes vividly recreates the events surrounding them,
offering an insight not only into criminal law but also into the social history
attached to crime as society evolved and adapted to meet changing industries
and class structures.
A must have book for any arm chair detective and anyone interested in the
social mores of the day.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
David Brandon is a highly respected historian and a prolific author. He runs a
variety of courses and lectures on topics such as 'Absolute Rotters and Total
Cads - Villains in British History'; and 'You Are What You Eat - Food and
Eating Habits 1550-2000'.
Alan Brooke has over twenty years experience as a history lecturer to Higher
Education level and has co-authored five previous books with David Brandon.
Both David and Alan live in Peterborough.
235 x 165 mm | paperback | 128 pages | 60 b&w illustrations