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'A Most Diabolical Deed' - Infanticide and Irish Society, 1850-1900 (Paperback) Loot Price: R356 Discovery Miles 3 560
'A Most Diabolical Deed' - Infanticide and Irish Society, 1850-1900 (Paperback): Elaine Farrell
'A Most Diabolical Deed' - Infanticide and Irish Society, 1850-1900 (Paperback): Elaine Farrell

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'A Most Diabolical Deed' - Infanticide and Irish Society, 1850-1900 (Paperback)

Elaine Farrell

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Winner of the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History 2015. This book examines the phenomenon of infanticide in Ireland from 1850 to 1900, examining a sample of 4,645 individual cases of infant murder, attempted infanticide and concealment of birth. Evidence for this study has been gleaned from a variety of sources, including court documents, coroners' records, prison files, parliamentary papers, and newspapers. Through these sources, many of which are rarely used by scholars, attitudes towards the crime, the women accused of the offence, and the victim, are revealed. Although infant murder was a capital offence during this period, none of the women found guilty of the crime were executed, suggesting a degree of sympathy and understanding towards the accused. Infanticide cases also allude to complex dynamics and tensions between employers and servants, parents and pregnant daughters, judges and defendants, and prison authorities and inmates. This book highlights much about the lived realities of nineteenth-century Ireland.

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Imprint: Manchester University Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2016
Authors: Elaine Farrell
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-1-78499-360-3
Barcode: 9781784993603
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > 1700 to 1900
Books > History > British & Irish history > 1700 to 1900
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LSN: 1-78499-360-3

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