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Murder most foul : a panorama of social life in Melaka from the 1780s to the 1820s

Author: Radin Fernando
Publisher: [Kuala Lumpur] : Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2006.
Series: Monographs of the Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society, no. 38.
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This book presents a tapestry of social history of Melaka rich in detail as never before, using the court records from the 1780s through to the 1820s serendipitously preserved. Through the eyes of Dutch judges who carefully recorded crimes committed in the town, Radin Fernando weaves a fascinating narrative of social history of ordinary people caught in the most serious of all crimes, murder, as both perpetrators  Read more...
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Fernando, Radin.
Murder most foul.
[Kuala Lumpur] : Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2006
(OCoLC)608409898
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Radin Fernando
ISBN: 9679948358 9789679948356
OCLC Number: 74649217
Description: xxx, 132 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Story one: Murder most foul --
Story two: A misadventure --
Story three: Allure of silver --
Story four: Angry young slaves --
Story five: Deranged slave --
Story six: Mistaken identity --
Story seven: Price of a meal --
Story eight: The irregular detectives of Sungai Baru --
Story nine: A witness for the defence --
Story ten: A fatal love affair.
Series Title: Monographs of the Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society, no. 38.
Responsibility: Radin Fernando.

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This book presents a tapestry of social history of Melaka rich in detail as never before, using the court records from the 1780s through to the 1820s serendipitously preserved. Through the eyes of Dutch judges who carefully recorded crimes committed in the town, Radin Fernando weaves a fascinating narrative of social history of ordinary people caught in the most serious of all crimes, murder, as both perpetrators and victims. The speak for themselves, revealing their anxiety, anguish, humour and mischief, feelings common in human life but rarely encountered in history books, projecting a lively picture of the life of ordinary people in Melaka.

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