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Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Appignanesi
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Glorious detail is marshalled from the copious reporting of these sensational stories (Independent)

Enthrallingly narrated, Appignanesi's book compels with its gruesome subject matter and delights with a wealth of bizarre detail (Miranda Seymour Daily Telegraph)

A convincing, enlightening narrative that skilfully blends scholarship with a seductive interest in what makes us human (Observer)

Appignanesi is a fine storyteller, bringing the characters and times to life . . . This is a clear and fascinating introduction to the grey zone between criminal guilt and madness (Jewish Chronicle)

Trials of Passion is a rich and rewarding work, brimful of insight and wisdom. Lisa Appignanesi does nothing by halves, and what she says about the mind doctors might describe her own book: "their profession is an art - an art of understanding the human" (Literary Review)

Appignanesi combines a historian's expertise with a novelist's eye for lurid detail (Tatler)

A fascinating portrayal of unhinged lovers caught between lawyers and mind doctors in three turn-of-the-century court cases (Lara Feigel Observer)

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Using sensational public trials, in America, Britain and France, this book takes madness and passion into the courts and puts them on trial.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2033 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184408874X
  • Publisher: Virago (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FLY3RSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crime, Sex & Society 14 Oct 2014
Format:Hardcover
The author focuses on a small number of criminal trials in England, France and the United States in the latter years of the nineteenth and first years of the twentieth centuries. These cases demonstrate how society’s views on what can be termed crimes of passion have evolved, and are still changing. The central and growing role of psychological and psychiatric expertise is delineated as its practitioners felt their way to determining definitions and applications of insanity to those whose emotional and sexual attachments precipitated acts of violence. Despite the attempts to classify and analyse, it was (and to some degree remains) an inexact science to understand how an individual can slide into delusion and insanity, and just precisely how can one define a person’s madness in an objective way.
Lisa Appignanesi’s research is meticulous and she articulates the issues, mores and prejudices of the days in impressive detail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the point! 31 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
No problem with delivery, or price! I have only read the first story, but found it went on and on and I began to get bored!
I like these kind of books, but shorter stories and getting to the point is more my choice of reading!
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