|Print List Price:||$7.95|
|Kindle Price:|| $4.50 |
Save $3.45 (43%)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Danger, Darkness and Destitution in Nineteenth Century Britain Kindle Edition
Victorian England was swamped in numerous of horrific headlines of baby farming and murder. Not all were dark shadowy figures stalking behind cobbled streets, many were trusted faces with inviting adverts in the local gazettes, while at the end of the 19th century, most people were shaken by the crimes of Jack the Ripper, often just as gory murders were happening. Amelia Dyer, the infamous baby killer known as the ‘angel maker’, spent three decades on a secret dark world and murdered 200 infants, possibly more. Many more killers were whose lives had taken a turn for the worst, known as unfortunates, had taken to crime to survive one of the most difficult times in the city’s history. These few stories alone show how dangerous London was in the Victorian era.
This was a well researched and thorough examination of women in the late 1880's. The argument presented, gave excellent details and a well rounded account from many academic perspectives to argue the idea. Author Jo Ellis' analysis of Amelia Dyer's case drew connections to fairytale witches to vilify women serial killers. Further, how the actions of Dyer and other accused "baby-farmers" should not be considered horrific solely based on the perpetrators gender, but more as a cultural practice. Women in Victorian times were expected to be utterly selfless and the perfect ideal of a mother; this dissertation drove home the fact that female criminals were presented as a form of "domestic betrayal" (pg. 46).
I particularly enjoyed how Ellis bridged Dyer's case to Jack the Ripper's case from 1888, stating there is significant evidence that would point towards it being a female serial killer, "Jill the Ripper." I thought this was an excellent way to supplement their argument. It is interesting to read how many still discredit this theory despite the overwhelming evidence, because of their beliefs that "a woman could never do that."
Danger, Darkness and Destitution in Nineteenth Century Britain was a great read and was not too muddled with high-brow jargon. The argument was straightforward and introduced me to many new concepts from Britain's dark history. This is an informative and riveting book that conveys intriguing content in an entertaining and straightforward way.
Read Nony's 4-star review of Danger, Darkness and Destitution in Nineteenth Century Britain by Jo Ellis
Read Prashant's 5-star review of Danger, Darkness and Destitution in Nineteenth Century Britain by Jo Ellis
/> --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B09GKW3RFV
- Publication date : September 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3751 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 88 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Customer Reviews: