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Murder and Mayhem in Early Modern Britain

30 September 2023, 2.00pm

'Great and Horrible News' book cover
'Great and Horrible News' book cover
'Great and Horrible News' book cover
30 September 2023, 2.00pm

Murder and Mayhem in Early Modern Britain

Unearth the strange, yet shockingly familiar, history of death and murder in early modern England with Blessin Adams.
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About the event

Murder was truly a foul business in early modern England. The public spectacle of trials and executions attracted swathes of eager spectators, keen to hear the latest gossip coming from the witness box or the mouths of the condemned as they uttered their final words.

Blessin Adams pieces together the intensely personal stories of fugitive killers, citizen detectives and grieving mothers using sources as varied as coroner’s inquests, court records and diaries. While the historical laws surrounding death and murder may strike us as cruel, people’s fascination with crime is nothing new.

About the speaker

Blessin Adams traded police work investigating today’s crime in the Norfolk Constabulary for academia, tracing the lives and deaths of people in early modern England.

Great and Horrible News is her first book, following the completion of her doctorate at the University of East Anglia.

Blessin Adams
Blessin Adams

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30 September 2023
2.00pm - 3.00pm
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