Discover the true story of Victorian Scotland's trial of the century.
It was a case that rocked Victorian society. Emile L'Angelier was a working-class immigrant from the Channel Islands who began a clandestine affair with prominent Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith. Six weeks after Emile threatened to show Madeleine's father their passionate letters, on 23 March 1857, he was found dead from arsenic poisoning. The evidence against Madeleine seemed overwhelming as she went to trial for murdering her lover.
Douglas MacGowan's vivid account reads by turns like a thriller, a love story and a courtroom drama. He quotes extensively from contemporary sources, notably the pathology reports, the trial testimony and the infamous correspondence between Madeleine and Emile, whose explicit content so shocked Victorian sensibilities. Ultimately it is up to the reader to judge Madeleine’s guilt or innocence.
Douglas Macgowan Is A Freelance Writer. He Has Contributed Articles To "Celtic Heritage," The "Scottish Journal" And The "Scotsman." He Lives Near San Francisco, Where He Works As A Paralegal.
This book is well written and exhaustively researched...I found it quite refreshing in a world in which non-fiction authors are expected to 'slant' material in order to excite a jaded audience.
An authoritative account...He tells an engrossing tale of romance and drama...'
~The District Messenger
This case has it all – class, gender, the whiff of scandal and a whodunnit, all wrapped up in the hypocrisy of the legal system of Victorian Scotland'
~Professor Emeritus David Wilson
a meticulous overview of the evidence'
if you are… interested in true-life Victorian crime, then this is definitely the book for you'
~Graham Drew, Dundee Courier
The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith… now lays bare the whole saga including the infamous letters, the pathology reports and the trial testimony'
This book is well written and exhaustively researched...I found it quite refreshing in a world in which non-fiction authors are expected to 'slant' material in order to excite a jaded audience'
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