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Infamous Victorians

Giles St Aubyn
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571296446
Date Published
17.01.2013
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Summary

‘Even the lives of scoundrels play some part in portraying an age…’

Our interest in all things Victorian – in the seamy side of the era especially – is ageless and undimmed. Giles St. Aubyn’s Infamous Victorians, first published in 1971, stands as a brilliant illumination of two dark stories of the time, replete with sinister elements of iniquity and hypocrisy.

In the first fifty years of Victoria’s reign two doctors were hanged after being found guilty of murder at the Central Criminal Court. Both men were 32 years old, both poisoners, both murdered for money. Dr William Palmer was a notorious figure, tried for a single murder though he almost certainly killed others. Dr George Lamson was a morphia addict convicted of killing his crippled young brother-in-law at Blenheim House school. Giles St. Aubyn restores them to life on the page, examines their careers and assesses their guilt.

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The Hon. Giles St Aubyn was born in 1925, and was educated at Wellington College and Trinity College, Oxford. He was for a short time in the Navy during the Second World War. He subsequently taught at Eton, becoming head of the History Department in 1961. His books include Lord Macaulay, The Art of Argument, A Victorian Eminence: the life…

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