Mrs Florence Maybrick, 1889 (catalogue reference: COPY 1/397)

12 June 2014


Pretty American Florence Chandler was in her early 20s when she married the much older James Maybrick, a Liverpool cotton broker, in 1881. Eight years later, tensions seethed: James was addicted to arsenic; both were unfaithful. When James died suddenly, Florence was arrested for his murder. Was Florence victim or aggressor? Was she tried for her morality? Relying primarily on records from The National Archives, Kate Colquhoun re-examines the case dubbed by many the greatest miscarriage of English justice and asks what light it sheds on late Victorian society.

Kate Colquhoun is the biographer of Joseph Paxton. She has also written a history of Britain through its food, and the non-fiction bestseller Mr Briggs' Hat about the first murder on a British train. She writes for several national newspapers and appears regularly on tv and radio.

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