Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories

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When Viscount Castlereagh, leader of the House of Commons and architect of the Grand Alliance, committed suicide in 1822, the coroner's inquest could consider only two legal verdicts: insanity or self-murder. Public outrage greeted his burial in Westminster Abbey; the tradition lingered that a suicide's burial place be at a crossroads, with a stake through the heart to keep the lost soul from wandering. Probing a remarkable variety of sources and individual cases, Barbara Gates shows how attitudes toward suicide changed ...

Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories 2016, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691630397

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Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories 2014, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691600482

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Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories 1988, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691094373

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