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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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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: 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 (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: crime; history; gender; media; press; poison; arsenic; murder trial; justice; police; women; celebrity culture
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice
Item ID: 24802
Depositing User: John Wood
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 15:07
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:35
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