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The Doctor's Wife Is Dead: A Peculiar Marriage, a Suspicious Death, and a Murder Trial in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
     

The Doctor's Wife Is Dead: A Peculiar Marriage, a Suspicious Death, and a Murder Trial in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

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by Andrew Tierney
 

A mysterious death in respectable society: a brilliant historical true crime story

In 1849, a woman called Ellen Langley died in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. She was the wife of a prosperous local doctor. So why was she buried in a pauper's coffin? Why had she been confined to the grim attic of the house she shared with her husband, and then exiled to a

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A mysterious death in respectable society: a brilliant historical true crime story

In 1849, a woman called Ellen Langley died in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. She was the wife of a prosperous local doctor. So why was she buried in a pauper's coffin? Why had she been confined to the grim attic of the house she shared with her husband, and then exiled to a rented dwelling-room in an impoverished part of the famine-ravaged town? And why was her husband charged with murder?

Following every twist and turn of the inquest into Ellen Langley's death and the trial of her husband, The Doctor's Wife is Dead tells the story of an unhappy marriage, of a man's confidence that he could get away with abusing his wife, and of the brave efforts of a number of ordinary citizens of hold him to account. Andrew Tierney has produced a tour de force of narrative nonfiction that shines a light on the double standards of Victorian law and morality and illuminates the weave of money, sex, ambition and respectability that defined the possibilities and limitations of married life. It is a gripping portrait of a marriage, a society and a shocking legal drama.


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ISBN-13:
9780241979105
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
02/23/2017
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
408,692
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Andrew Tierney, a native of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, is a distant descendant of Ellen Langley. Trained as an archaeologist, he is working on the inaugural Pevsner Architectural Guide to the Irish midlands. The Doctor's Wife is Dead is his first book.

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The Doctor's Wife Is Dead: A Peculiar Marriage, a Suspicious Death, and a Murder Trial in Nineteenth-Century Ireland 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Thebooktrail-com 6 days ago
Well this was interesting! A crime I’d never heard of and a location I’d never been to. Two for the price of one you might say – I found it fascianting to read about the time and period in which the crime took place. How doctors were almost forced to attend wnquireies, how many coffinswere carried out of the doors, how violence of the reforms of the time lead to such bitter disputes and death. As with many of these hisorical crime, I was amazed and saddened to read of the plight of women. The role of the famine was a gritty historical backdrop and placed the novel together with the social mores and the plight of women but what shocked me was that at the centre of all this, a man decided to starve and poison his wife. An unusual crime at best and one that was usually suspected of women. There was a panic about poisons in Ireland at the time we are told and so many inconsistencies with how the body was examined that 2 and 2 soon become 5 The novel not only examines the central crime but takes a good long hard look at events in Tipperary at the time. Ellen’s backstory was fascinating and the inquest, as it unravels was gripping. I am fascinated with historical crimes and how they were investigated given that they had none of the technology available to us today. A recommended read for historical crime fans - See the locations on TheBookTrail.com