Strange, Inhuman Deaths: Murder in Tudor England (Paperback)
  • Strange, Inhuman Deaths: Murder in Tudor England (Paperback)

Strange, Inhuman Deaths: Murder in Tudor England (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 01/12/2008
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John Bellamy's new book opens a fascinating window on life in Tudor England and offers a new angle on our love affair with murder as a literary form. It was in the Tudor period, he argues, that popular attention was focused on the crime of murder, for edification as well as entertainment. A sixteenth-century murder enquiry was in many ways a community affair, capable of arousing the interest of a substantial local audience, with the members of the inquest often collecting evidence and statements for twenty or thirty days. Detection, investigation, the laying of charges, the trial, verdict, sentence - all of these familiar elements were established in the sixteenth century. "Strange, Inhuman Deaths" describes four well-documented cases that occurred between 1538 and 1573. Each of them is deeply rooted in source material, whether legal records or pamphlets, plays or ballads, giving a rich background and a wealth of local colour. The human stories they contain are powerful and lively, and the motivations and personalities that are revealed speak to us directly across the centuries. Murder most foul, murder most English - the tradition begins here.

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780750938648

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