DEATH AT THE PRIORY. Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England.

Author: Ruddick (James)
Year: 2001
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9781903809044
Price: 5.00
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Hardback. In 1875 the beautiful and vivacious widow Florence Ricardo wed Charles Bravo, a dashing barrister. The marriage seemed a happy one, although society gossips whispered that Bravo had married Florence for her fortune. Yet behind his charming public persona, Charles Bravo was a brutal and vindictive man, who dismissed Florence's steadfast companion Mrs. Cox, and who regularly subjected his wife to violent abuse. One night 4 months after the wedding, B ravo collapsed. For the next 55 hours, with some of London's most distinguished physicians in attendance, Charles suffered a slow and agonising death. All the doctors agreed : Charles Bravo had been poisoned. The police were called in and suspicion fell upon everyone in the Priory, the house in South London in which he and Florence had lived. The dramatic investigation that followed was covered in minute and sensational detail by the press. So great was public interest in the case that coverage of it eclipesed the Prime Minister's negotiations with Egypt, the Prince of Wales' Indian tour and the resumption of conflict in the Balkans. The finger of suspicion pointed at various times at suicide, at Mrs. Cox, at George Griffiths, a coachman with a grudge against Charles Bravo, and at the remarkable figure of Florence Bravo herself. The brilliant conclusion to the author's meticulous recreation of the Bravo case uses new evidence discovered by the author to demonstrate conclusively who really murdered Cbarles Bravo. Illus., Notes, Sources and Index + Map eps. 209pp. 8vo. h/back. F. in F. dw.

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