The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer: a very Victorian murder

The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer: a very Victorian murder

by David J. Vaughan

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Overview

Set in North London in 1856, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the press and Victorian middle-class society get caught up in Sommer's brutal murder of her own daughter. Now this forgotten, TRUE event in the annals of British crime has been rediscovered and re-told, exposing cracks in the C19th façade of family life and domestic bliss...

This brand new eBook analyses the events leading up to and beyond the tragic act. It recreates the Victorian criminal trials, charts her life through a harsh penal system and reveals the saddest of fates awaiting those sent to its lunatic asylums.

For the first time in history, it explains the political and social reaction to her surprising escape from the noose, and concludes with the truly shocking truth behind the British Government's inexplicable silence.

Published exclusively as an eBook, David J Vaughan's work has taken three years to research and write. He unravels not just the facts but the unspoken truths behind the case and its seismic aftermath; and delivers the explosive denouement of incest, murder, feminism and madness as lives collide with an appalled yet hypocritical Victorian society.

Over two years in the making, one thing is for certain...the TRUE story of Celestina Sommer will never leave you.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045827621
Publisher: David J. Vaughan
Publication date: 04/12/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 416 KB

About the Author

As a published author and historian, David's new paperback - 'Bloody British History: Salisbury' (The History Press) - is OUT NOW and can be bought in all good bookshops or via his website, www.davidjvaughan.co.uk Salisbury has one of the most gruesome histories on record. Human remains filled its barrows, its nobles were tortured to death, witches were tortured and hanged there and a deadly disease once lurked in its murky waters. There was no safety in its inns, for one was plagued with suicides and another hid a severed hand, and even the introduction of the railways led to death and destruction. With more than sixty illustrations, hundreds of years of terrible true history are waiting for you inside this book! His full-length, narrative non-fiction title, 'The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer. A very Victorian murder', has been self-published on Amazon Kindle (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Celestina-Sommer-Victorian-killer-ebook/dp/B00J2ERTM2) and Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/428348). Set in North London in 1856, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the press and Victorian middle-class society get caught up in Sommer's brutal murder of her own daughter. Now this forgotten, TRUE event in the annals of British crime has been rediscovered and re-told, exposing cracks in the C19th façade of family life and domestic bliss... He also owns and writes criminalunacy.blogspot.co.uk on crime and insanity in 19th century England and writes increasingly on related aspects of the Victorian age. He is a reviewer of related titles published by erstwhile academic publisher, Pickering and Chatto. Reviews appear on his blog. David's other published works include: @ 'Crime And Insanity: Judge, Jury...And Avoiding The Executioner' - (History Is Now magazine) @ 'Unravelling a person's criminal history through the archives' - contributor to Old Bailey Online/London Lives blog (www.crimeinthecommunity.wordpress.com) @ Podcast extract from The Secret Life of Celestina Sommer, Victorian child killer (http://www.itshistorypodcasts.com) @ Internet Archaeology (Council for British Archaeology) http://intarch.ac.uk/ (peer reviewed) forthcoming @ Victoria County History - Wiltshire vol. XIX (Institute of Historical Research and Boydell & Brewer), forthcoming @ Cotswold Life (Loyalty and Conquest Publications) @ Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard (News Communications & Media PLC) Media work: ***STOP PRESS*** David is doing a series of talks and lectures on the writing of Bloody British History: Salisbury. This follows his recent live interview with Sue Davies on BBC Wiltshire local radio. David has also appeared as an archaeological authority on BBC Television and Radio, including BBC1's "Countryfile" and BBC Radio Wiltshire's "Hidden Wiltshire". He once featured on BBC1's mini-series on career changes, presented by Adrian Childs. David has also featured in numerous print and radio interviews, including 'live-to-air', often explaining archaeological sites and issues. Other: David enjoys giving lectures, talks and workshops on local, national and international archaeology; to an audience as diverse as primary school children to the 'grey scholars' of the University of the Third Age; from one-to-one sessions to audiences of several hundred. Further details: www.davidjvaughan.co.uk Twitter @David_J_Vaughan

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