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239 p. 23 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
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356 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Medical Library (Lane)
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155 p. ; 21 cm
Green Library
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Medical Library (Lane)
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460 p. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
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xviii, 292 p. ; 25 cm.
  • An elusive crime?
  • A unique weapon
  • The sociology of poisoning
  • Horrendum scelus, an abominable crime
  • Pursuit and punishment
  • Beyond crime : issues and uses of poison.
This is a study of the venomous act of poisoning as it was conceived, executed, and prosecuted in the Middle Ages.This book examines the perception of the crime of poisoning in the West in medieval times. The primary sources of information are chronicles that cover the entire medieval period and legal texts that are limited to the late medieval centuries. In order to portray the 'culture' of murder by poisoning in the West, it was necessary to take into account Byzantine and Islamic documents as well as ancient texts such as the Scriptures and the writings of Roman historians, both of which were widely known in the Middle Ages. This book covers the period 500 to 1500 A.D.This volume is concerned with the criminal actions that involve poison and not poison as such. Poisonous substances as such are described only when necessary for an understanding of a crime. What is important here is an examination of the ways that the alleged crime was perceived in contemporary minds. This crime avoids the use of violence, committed without a drawn weapon or bloodshed in a world in which wounds, swords, knives, and clubs represented aggression and in which the flow of blood determined the gravity of the crime. Necessarily involving preparation and secrecy, it was often perpetrated treacherously during a meal, in a universe that was united by the companionship of a meal and the sociability of drinking. The horror associated with poisoning results from the treachery of those close to the victim and a sudden death that prevents a final confession of sins.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780313346996 20160528
Green Library
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190 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
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xii, 127 p. ; 17 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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[2], 155 pages ; cm
  • Sonderausgabe der abhandlungen "Erfahrungen über einige wichtige Gifte und deren Nachweis" in: Archiv für Kriminal Anthropologie und Kriminalistik, 1903. XIII Bd. S.122. 1904. XIV Bd. S. 214 un XVI. Bd. S.1.
Medical Library (Lane)
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xx, 816 pages : illustrations ; cm
Medical Library (Lane)
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Medical Library (Lane)
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127 pages
Medical Library (Lane)
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39 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Medical Library (Lane)

16. From the darkness [2007]

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191 p. ; 21 cm.
It is 1939 and a man dies in agony at the San Juan de Dios de Amatitlan Hospital outside Guatemala City. His wife and children are accused of poisoning him, shattering the calm of a land kept in fearful order by the authoritarian president Jorge Ubico. One of the few Central American novels to explore the region's criminal history, "On the Dark Side" is a captivating story of a murder and the ensuing judicial investigation that became known as "The Gourd Poisoning" in a society unprepared for a crime that lay outside its powers of reason. Salazar explores the bitterly unhappy circumstances that can make a woman kill, and the unforgiving quality of male justice. This is a compelling read that touches a raw Latin nerve.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780955233944 20160527
Green Library
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xxii, 377 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
The Affair of the Poisons, as it was known, was a scandal at which 'all France trembled' and which 'horrified the whole of Europe' as it implicated a number of prominent persons at the court of the Sun King, King Louis XIV in the late 17th century. It began with the trial of Marie Madeleine d'Aubray, Marquise de Brinvilliers, who conspired with her lover, Godin de Sainte-Croix, an army captain, to poison her father and two brothers in order to secure the family fortune and to end interference in her adulterous relationship. The marquise fled abroad, but in 1676 was arrested at Liege. The affair greatly worked on the popular imagination, and there were rumours that she had tried out her poisons on hospital patients. She was beheaded and then burned. The Brinvilliers trial attracted attention to other mysterious deaths. Parisian society had been seized by a fad for spiritualist seances, fortune-telling, and the use of love potions. The most celebrated case was that of La Voisin, a midwife and fortune-teller whose real name was Catherine Deshayes Monvoisin and whose clientele included the marquise de Montespan, Olympe Mancini (niece of Cardinal Mazarin and mother of Prince Eugene of Savoy), and Marshal Luxembourg. No formal charges were made, and there is no evidence that they were seriously implicated, yet a permanent stain was left on their names. La Voisin was burned as a poisoner and a sorceress in 1680. A special court, the chambre ardente [burning court], was instituted to judge cases of poisoning and witchcraft, and the poison epidemic came to an end in France. The affair was sympomatic of the witchcraft trials of the period throughout Europe. This bizarre witchhunt, which embroiled the gilded denizens of Versailles with the most sordid dregs of Paris society, remains both a fascinating enigma and an utterly compelling story.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780297842163 20160527
Green Library
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[2], 117 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Medical Library (Lane)
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195 p. ; 22 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

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