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New-born child murder : women, illegitimacy and the courts in eighteenth-century England

Author: Mark Jackson
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text concerns women who were accused of murdering their new-born children in the 18th century. It explores why certain women were suspected of murdering their children at birth and how they were  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Jackson
ISBN: 0719046076 9780719046070
OCLC Number: 34669297
Description: ix, 206 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The generation of suspicion: single women, bastardy and the law --
3. Examining suspects: conflicting accounts of pregnancy, birth and death --
4. Examining bodies: medical evidence and the coroner's inquest --
5. Virtuous or vicious: conflicting accounts of accused women --
6. Evidence in court: the verdicts of inquest, grand and trial juries --
7. Single, women, bastardy and the law: the decline and fall of the 1624 statute.
Responsibility: Mark Jackson.

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