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Unfortunate Wretches: Women and the Gallows in the Georgian Era

Fri 1 May, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

In Georgian Britain, women could be condemned to death for a range of crimes from murder, arson and treason to forgery and pickpocketing. Most were reprieved. What marked out the unlucky few? And how could women increase their chances of evading an ignominious end at the end of a rope? In this talk, Naomi Clifford tells the stories of some of the convicted women facing the possibility of public execution and explores the forces that determined whether they lived or died.

Naomi Clifford is a history writer and journalist specialising in the stories of women. Her books include Women and the Gallows 1797–1837, The Disappearance of Maria Glenn and The Murder of Mary Ashford and she is currently working on the diaries of a volunteer ambulance driver during the Blitz.

Tickets £9 (£6 concessions)

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Front cover of Naomi Clifford's book showing an execution in Georgian England

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