Childhood and Death in Victorian England

Sarah Seaton

 
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473877023
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$19.95

Overview
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In this fascinating book, the reader is taken on a journey of real life accounts of Victorian children, how they lived, worked, played and ultimately died. Many of these stories have remained hidden for over 100 years. They are now unearthed to reveal the hardship and cruel conditions experienced by many youngsters, such as a traveling fair child, an apprentice at sea and a trapper. The lives of the children of prostitutes, servant girls, debutantes and married women all intermingle, unified by one common factor – death.

Drawing on actual instances of Infanticide and baby farming the reader is taken into a world of unmarried mothers, whose shame at being pregnant drove them to carry out horrendous crimes yet walk free from court, without consequence. For others, they were not so lucky.

The Victorian children in this publication lived in the rapidly changing world of the Industrial Revolution. With the introduction of the New Poor Law in 1834 the future for some pauper children changed – but not for the better. Studies have also unearthed a religious sect known as the ‘Peculiar People’ and gives an insight into their beliefs.

This book is not recommended for those easily offended as it does contain graphic descriptions of some child murders, although not intended to glorify the tragedies, they were necessary to inform the reader of the horrific extent that some killers went to.

This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the social history of the Victorian period.

About The Author
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Sarah Seaton has a Masters degree in Local and Regional History from the University of Nottingham. She taught the subject for Derbyshire County Council, The University of Nottingham and the WEA. Sarah is the author of The Derby Book of Days, The History of Greasley Parish Church, Nottinghamshire and War Time Memories of the Amber Valley* (*for Derbyshire County Council); she has regularly written articles in the Nottingham Post and is editor for the Nottinghamshire Local History Association’s The Nottinghamshire Historian magazine.

REVIEWS
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“The scandalous way in which poorer people’s lives impacted on their children and their brief, unhappy lives is brought into stark reality in this amazing social history bySarah Seaton.”

- Books Monthly

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