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eBook The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London ePub

by Sarah Wise

  • ISBN: 0805078495
  • Category: Europe
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Sarah Wise
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Edition Unstated edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 400
  • ePub book: 1145 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1452 kb
  • Other: txt mbr lit docx
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 988

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The Italian Boy book. Historian Sarah Wise reconstructs not only the boy's murder but the chaos and squalor of his world. All the while, early humanitarians were attempting to protect the disenfranchised, the courts were establishing norms of punishment, and doctors were pioneering the science of anatomy.

Before his murder in 1831, the "Italian boy" was one of thousands of orphans on the streets of London, begging .

Before his murder in 1831, the "Italian boy" was one of thousands of orphans on the streets of London, begging among the livestock, hawkers, and con men. When his body was sold to a medical college, the suppliers were arrested for murder. Which brings me to Sarah Wise's THE ITALIAN BOY. A book with such a title makes me dream of Renaissance Italy, of boys in skin-tight leotards that leave nothing to the imagination. Alas, instead of the Italy of Lorenzo Il Magnifico we find ourselves in Wise's reconstruction of the London of the 1830s, of streets smelling of piss and feces.

Historian Sarah Wise reconstructs not only the boy's murder but the chaos and squalor of London that . Before his murder in 1831, the "Italian boy" was one of thousands of orphans on the streets of London, moving among the livestock, hawkers, and con men, begging for pennies.

Historian Sarah Wise reconstructs not only the boy's murder but the chaos and squalor of London that swallowed the fourteen-year-old vagrant long before his corpse appeared on the slab. When his body was sold to a London medical college, the suppliers were arrested for murder.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Historian Sarah Wise reconstructs not only the boy's murder but the chaos and squalor of London that swallowed the fourteen-year-old vagrant long before his corpse appeared on the slab.

In The Italian Boy, Sarah Wise not only investigates the case of the London Burkers but also, by making use of an. .Sarah Wise has an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College

In The Italian Boy, Sarah Wise not only investigates the case of the London Burkers but also, by making use of an incredibly rich archival store, the lives of ordinary lower-class Londoners. Here is a window on the lives of the poor - a window that is opaque in places, shattered in others but which provides an unprecedented view of low-life London in the 1830s. Sarah Wise has an MA in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College. She teaches 19th-century social history and literature to both undergraduates and adult learners, and is visiting professor at the University of California’s London Study Center, and a guest lecturer at City University.

Sarah Wise, in The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London (Metropolitan Books), has revived (so to speak) a story that has not . Intriguing history of murder, bodysnatching 1830's London.

Sarah Wise, in The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London (Metropolitan Books), has revived (so to speak) a story that has not been. com User, June 23, 2004. Before the passage of the 1830's Anatomy Act that allowed medical schools legal usage of bodies of the unclaimed poor, grave robbing was a common occurrence in London and the surrounding countryside.

The Italian Boy. A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London. More about this book. From The Italian Boy: Urban poverty, so often a disgusting and harrowing sight to the respectable, could also be a source of wonder and intrigue. A beggar with a certain look, or air, or "act," could feed on city dwellers' craving for novelty and display.

In July 1830, John Bishop rented No. 3 Nova Scotia Garden, from Sarah Trueby. Sarah Wise The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London (Metropolitan Books, 2004). On 5 November 1831 the suspiciously fresh corpse of a 14-year-old boy was delivered, by Bishop and May, to the King's College School of Anatomy, in the Strand. They had previously tried to sell the body at Guy's Hospital, but it was refused. They demanded twelve guineas for the body, but were offered nine. Lisa Rosner The Anatomy Murders (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).

The Italian was just one of many children routinely abducted from London streets.

In these reeking grounds lived John Bishop, one of the men arrested. I have read many books on Soho and London history, and this has already become a firm favourite. Wise has brilliantly reconstructed the social histories of the period, including the lot of Italian immigrants, as well as the grisly details of hypocritical anatomy schools. The Italian was just one of many children routinely abducted from London streets.

"A work of great skill and sympathy, a meditation on one of the sorrowful mysteries once to be found on the streets of London. For any student of the city and its secret life, it is indispensable reading." -Peter Ackroyd, The Times (London)Before his murder in 1831, the "Italian boy" was one of thousands of orphans on the streets of London, begging among the livestock, hawkers, and con men. When his body was sold to a medical college, the suppliers were arrested for murder. Their high-profile trial would unveil a furtive trade in human corpses carried out by "resurrection men" who killed to satisfy the first rule of the cadaver market: the fresher the body, the higher the price. Historian Sarah Wise reconstructs not only the boy's murder but the chaos and squalor of his world. In 1831 London, the poor were desperate and the wealthy petrified, the population swelling so fast that class borders could not hold. All the while, early humanitarians were attempting to protect the disenfranchised, the courts were establishing norms of punishment, and doctors were pioneering the science of anatomy.As vivid and intricate as a novel by Charles Dickens, The Italian Boy restores to history the lives of the very poorest Londoners and offers an unparalleled account of England's great metropolis at the brink of a major transformation.

Comments

Hystana Hystana
I'd long been intersted in medical history, how things changed over the years so that medical care became better for the masses. I'd known about Burke and Hare in Edinburgh, Scotland about whom so much has been written concerning body snatching...but I picked up this book because of the background it gave concerning this specific case which had a bigger impact on changing law and medical care. Scotland wasn't the government in power at the time period and so could not enact the necessary laws and change, that could accompany the outcry of the public at the murders. The case in London, stirred up society and the newspapers, and brought attention of the lack of oversight that the system created by the medical schools created. The schools had great need of constant influx of human corpses with which to teach their students, but of course, the wealthy were not going to offer up their dead, and the idea of donating your body to science was not even on the horizon at that point. Bodies were obtained when there was no one able to pay for the burial, and often through illegal or quasi-legal means.

The medical community didn't care how they got their bodies, as long as they got them. And though they preferred a specifc type, they also wanted to see all ages and gender for teaching purposes. So they turned a 'blind' eye to how the resurrectionists' got the bodies for years. The fact that they could see the boy had been obviously been murdered from the blow to the back of the neck (though Bishop claimed it was from the body being folded into a chest) was the reason why this case was turned in. If Bishop and Williams had kept to drowning their victims and had left no mark on the victims, they would not have been caught out, and the laws would not have changed for longer.

As it was, because of the case, the Author Wise details all the legal changes that happened to make it less likely that this situation would happen again. I enjoyed the amount of research Wise put into all the legal outcomes of this case, and the medical changes that occured over the years. I especially enjoyed the facts she brought up about Dickens obviously knowing about this case, and maybe reporting on this in his early youth and ending up writing about it in his books.

An enjoyable history!
Gindian Gindian
A most enjoyable read.
romrom romrom
great story
Tiv Tiv
This book was real informative. I was real impressed by the detail of the trail, also how the author really fleshed out 1830s London. She really made it come alive.
Flocton Flocton
Too documentary. It was more like a boring textbook than an interesting story.
Kaghma Kaghma
the reviews of this book were generally favorable, but i found the detail overwhelming. actually, i should say, the extraneous details were overwhelming. the author went down too many side roads for my taste and repeated information from one section of the book to another. i think she took this route because when it came right down to it, she did not have a lot of historical material to draw from . . . so she resorted to what i can only call filler. but, on the plus side, she can write clearly, if not succinctly.
Arabella V. Arabella V.
I heard an interview with Ms. Wise on BBC and thought I'd pick up her first book. I've been slowly slogging my way through this book for a month now. Her narrative doesn't flow; what should be a gripping whodunit turns into a rehashing of trial testimony. Incredibly boring treatment of some exciting source material.
Couldn't slog through this book. Very dry and not in a style I enjoy reading. Couldn't get through it.