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Description - The Italian Boy by Sarah Wise

Towards the end of 1831, the authorities unearthed a series of crimes at Number 3, Nova Scotia Gardens in East London that appeared to echo the notorious Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh three years earlier. After a long investigation, three bodysnatchers were put on trial for supplying the anatomy schools of London with suspiciously fresh bodies for dissection. hey later became known as The London Burkers, and their story was dubbed 'The Italian Boy' case. The furore which led directly to the passing of controversial legislation which marked the beginning of the end of body snatching in Britain. The case revealed some extremely unpleasant aspects of life in London, a city that had increased in size by one-third - to over one-and-a-half million inhabitants - between 1801 and 1831, and which was continuing to expand at a phenomenal and unprecedented rate. n The Italian Boy, Sarah Wise not only investigates the case of the London Burkers but also, by making use of an incredibly rich archival store, the lives of ordinary lower-class Londoners. She shows how the case challenged their notions of community and criminality, and how it made many feel that at the heart of their gre

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844133307
ISBN-10: 1844133303
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sarah Wise

Sarah Wise is a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday Review, and The Times.She completed an MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College in 1996.This is her first book.

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