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The Most Remarkable Woman in England: Poison, Celebrity and the Trials of Beatrice Pace

Wood, John Carter (2012). The Most Remarkable Woman in England: Poison, Celebrity and the Trials of Beatrice Pace. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

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Abstract

This book offers the first in-depth study of one of the most gripping trials of inter-war Britain, that of farmer’s wife Beatrice Pace for the arsenic murder of her husband. A riveting tale from the golden age of press sensationalism, the book offers insights into the era’s justice system, gender debates and celebrity culture. Based on extensive research, it locates the Pace saga in the vibrant world of 1920s press reporting and illuminates a forgotten chapter in the history of civil liberties by considering the debates the case raised about police powers and the legal system.

Spanning settings from the Pace's lonely cottage in the Forest of Dean to the House of Commons and using sources ranging from meticulous detective reports to heartfelt admirers’ letters, The most remarkable woman in England combines serious scholarship with vivid storytelling to bring to life the extraordinary lives of ordinary people between the wars.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISBN: 0-7190-8617-5, 978-0-7190-8617-5
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Police, Press, Public and the 'Celebrity Female Victim' in Britain, 1926-1930AH/F018150/1AHRC
Keywords: crime; history; gender; media; press; poison; arsenic; murder trial; justice; police; women; celebrity culture
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 24802
Depositing User: John Wood
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 15:07
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 09:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24802
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