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Punishing the Dead?: Suicide, Lordship, and Community in Britain, 1500-1830

R. A. Houston


Suicide, that most personal of acts, has considerable public import. Drawing ideas from a range of disciplines including law, philosophy, social sciences and literary studies as well as history, this book offers comprehensive analyses of how suicide was seen by the living in pre‐modern Britain and how they dealt with its aftermath. Suicide was a crime which could incur financial and corporal penalties, yet attitudes were often humane and pragmatic.

Keywords: suicide, crime, punishment, society, history, newspapers, government, law, psychiatry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586424
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. A. Houston, author
Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews
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