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The doctor's wife is dead : the true story of a peculiar marriage, a suspicious death, and the murder trial that shocked Ireland

Author: Andrew Tierney
Publisher: [Dublin] : Penguin Ireland, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1849, a woman called Ellen Langley died in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. She was the wife of a prosperous local doctor. So why was she buried in a pauper's coffin? Why had she been confined to the grim attic of the house she shared with her husband, and then exiled to a rented dwelling-room in poor part of the famine-ravaged town? And why was her husband charged with murder? Following every twist and turn of the inquest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Ellen Langley; Ellen Langley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Tierney
ISBN: 9781844883929 1844883922
OCLC Number: 974995832
Description: 257 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, 3 May 1849 --
My poor unfortunate wife --
Sworn to find a verdict --
Things that ought to be buried in oblivion --
A handsome mansion, pleasantly situated --
A very subtle thing --
The quietest creature in the world --
Private and pecuniary affairs --
A very bad room --
By the doctor's orders --
As small as the black hole of Calcutta --
Every kindness and good treatment --
Thou shalt not escape calumny --
My anxiety to vindicate my character --
The new Bernard Cavanagh --
Allowing for the frailties of our nature --
How say you, Charles Langley? --
The book of fate --
Sweet dear Solsboro --
God grant I may never again dream such a dream as I dreamed last night --
Mrs Langley's constitution --
Who would not have done similarly? --
Supressio veri --
Woman's frailty and sinful passion --
The interposition of a kind providence.
Responsibility: Andrew Tierney.

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In 1849, a woman called Ellen Langley died in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. She was the wife of a prosperous local doctor. So why was she buried in a pauper's coffin? Why had she been confined to the grim attic of the house she shared with her husband, and then exiled to a rented dwelling-room in poor part of the famine-ravaged town? And why was her husband charged with murder? Following every twist and turn of the inquest into Ellen Langley's death and the trial of her husband, The Room in Pound Street tells the story of an unhappy marriage, of a man's confidence that he could get away with abusing his wife, and of the brave efforts of a number of ordinary citizens of hold him to account. Andrew Tierney has produced a tour de force of narrative nonfiction that shines a light on the double standards of Victorian law and morality and illuminates the weave of money, sex, ambition and respectability that defined the possibilities and limitations of married life. It is a gripping portrait of a marriage, a society and a shocking legal drama.

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An astonishing book ... a vivid chronicle of the unspeakable cruelty perpetrated by a husband on his spouse at a time when, in law, a wife was a man's chattel -- Damian Corless * Irish Independent * Read more...

 
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