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London 1849

A Victorian Murder Story

By Michael Alpert

Routledge – 2003 – 280 pages

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    978-0-582-77290-8
    December 3rd 2003

Description

London 1849: the city is filthy, plagued, criminal and filling up with refugees from the Irish Famine and the revolutionary wars on the continent…but it is on the brink of reform as stations are built, rioters pardoned and the Great Exhibition planned. The heaving city is the backdrop for the most sensational crime and trial of the decade: the Manning murder case. Throughout the sticky summer the people of London obsessed over the fate of a dominant mysterious woman and her weak husband as the full detail of their slaughter of her lover unfolded. London 1849 follows the murder, trial and execution of the couple, interweaving the scene that was London at the time: crime, noise, cholera, overpacked slums, prostitution, law and order, prisons, fashion, shopping, finance, transport, Marx and Dickens.

Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. ‘Orrible murder in Bermondsey. 2. ‘An extremely fine woman’. 3. What they ate and what they wore. 4. In sickness and in health. 5. Money, housing and class. 6. Learning, literature and liturgy. 7. ‘A burst of applause that made the building ring’. 8. Outsiders. 9. Communications. 10. Crime and punishment. Epilogue. Bibliography. Index.

Author Bio

Michael Alpert taught history at the University of Westminster.

Name: London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Michael Alpert. London 1849: the city is filthy, plagued, criminal and filling up with refugees from the Irish Famine and the revolutionary wars on the continent…but it is on the brink of reform as stations are built, rioters pardoned and the Great Exhibition...
Categories: British History, Modern History 1750-1945, Urban History