FOUL DEEDS & SUSPICIOUS DEATHS AROUND OXFORDSHIRE.

Author: Boardman (Carl)
Year: 2004
Publisher: Wharncliffe Books
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: F.
ISBN: 9781903425565
Price: 9.00
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Softcover. A book which takes the reader on a fascinating journey from the medieval period to the 19th century, meeting villains, cut-throats, highwaymen and even a cannibal pig along the way. The book is based on original documents in Oxfordshire Records Office, many of which are from obscure collections unseen for decades. From the sinister 17th century clergyman known as The Black Rat to that elegant gentleman of the road, James Hind, it investigates the dark side of a county known for Cotswold scenery and the world's most famous university. The book reveals that some fairly unpleasant things happened behind that scenery, and the scholars of the university and the county weren't all they might have been. Indeed when the inhabitants of Oxfordshire aren't poisoning their fathers, shooting their uncles or setting fire to their employers' property, they seem to be stealing one another's wives or beating one another senseless. Also scattered among the episodes of crime and misdemeanour, are one or two stories of tragic irony, such as the tale of Jenny Bunting and her fate. Illus., Index. 176pp. 8vo. softcover. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F.

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