MARSHALL HALL A Law unto Himself

Author: Smith (Sally)
Year: 2017
Publisher: WS&H
Signed by the author
Edition Details: Reprint (1st pub. 2016)
Book Condition: New/New
ISBN: 9780854901876
Price: 25.00
Hardback. Reprint. SIGNED. Sir Edward Marshall Hall K.C. saved more people from the hangman's noose than any other known barrister. In an age of indadequate defence funding, minimal forensic evidence, a rigid moral code making little allowance for human passion and a reactionary judiciary, his only real weapons were his understanding of human psychology and the power of his personality. His charismatic oratory and film star profile made him an Edwardian celebrity. Jurors collapsed and judges wept at the overwhelming power of his performances. Thousands congregated to await the verdicts in the trials in which he appeared for the defence. Curtains were brought down in West End theatres to announce the acquittal he secured. His famous trials included the Camden Town murder, Seddon the Poisoner, the Brides in the Bath, the Green Bicycle Murder and the Murder at the Savoy. As a result of his oratory in these trials he was adulated as an entertainer, his performances greeted with the same relish as those by the great actors; but he was also loved as a champion of the underdog, who almost single-handedly introduced compassion in to the Edwardian legal system. No other barrister in any age can claim such celebrity, nor such public adoration and affection. Meticulously researched, the book is the first modern biography of a complex and influential man and as a result of access to new material: Sets the legendary barrister in his social historical and political context. Reveals the sensational private life of the man behind the public figure, the two turbulent marriages and the mistresses. Tells the full story of the ghastly death of his first wife and the trial of her killer. Examines his magnetic oratory and extraordinary fame from a modern perspective. Illus., Appendix, Select Bibliog., Sources and Notes + Index. 302pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. FLATSIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. New. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage if shipped overseas.

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