Studies of French Criminals of the Nineteenth Century (Classic Reprint)

Studies of French Criminals of the Nineteenth Century (Classic Reprint)

by H. B. Irving
     
 

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"The annals of criminal jurisprudence," wrote Edmund Burke, "exhibit human nature in a variety of positions, at once the most striking, interesting, and affecting. They present tragedies of real life, often heightened in their effect by the grossness of the injustice, and the malignity

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Excerpt from Studies of French Criminals of the Nineteenth Century

"The annals of criminal jurisprudence," wrote Edmund Burke, "exhibit human nature in a variety of positions, at once the most striking, interesting, and affecting. They present tragedies of real life, often heightened in their effect by the grossness of the injustice, and the malignity of the prejudices which accompanied them. At the same time, real culprits, as original characters, stand forward on the canvas of humanity as prominent objects for our special study."

The last sentence in this passage applies directly to the cases set out in this volume, which have been selected from the French criminal records of the nineteenth century. They are studies of real culprits, whose guilt is, in all but one instance, beyond the suspicion of a doubt. As studies of character, and as examples of the administration of criminal justice in France, they may be of some interest or value to those who look to the human document for specimens of human character as it actually is, or for suggestions on which to build some work of fiction.

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ISBN-13:
9781330035474
Publisher:
Forgotten Books
Publication date:
06/28/2015
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.77(d)

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