Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 July 2016

288 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781784993603

Bookseller Code (06)


A most diabolical deed'

Infanticide and Irish society, 1850-1900

Elaine Farrell

Published by Manchester University Press

  • New in Paperback
  • Winner of the NUI Publication Prize in Irish History 2015
  • Based on a sample of over 4,500 individual infanticide, attempted infant murder and concealment of birth case studies
  • Uses a wide range of sources including court documents, coroners' records, prison records, parliamentary papers, newspapers and statistical returns
  • Reveals much about attitudes to sex outside wedlock, 'illegitimate' pregnancies, single mothers and 'illegitimate' babies
  • Casts doubt on previously held assumptions that inhabitants of nineteenth-century Ireland did not generally engage in sex outside marriage
  • Reveals much about neighbourhood interactions and illustrates that the bodies of women were often watched by those in their localities
  • Adds to our knowledge of women's experiences during this period
  • Allows the Irish experience of infanticide to be placed in a wider international context

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