Killing fields

Killing fields
 

A Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in England. By James Sharpe. Random House; 751 pages; £30.
IF ONE wants proof that the past is, indeed, a different country, it is instructive to look at the rate of baby-killing. In late-Victorian England, a fifth of all known murder victims were under a year old. Infanticide had been a common method to part with an unwanted child for centuries before abortion. Neglect was prevalent and in the most heinous cases, money provided the motive.
Some parents insured the lives of their children in order to cash in on their deaths. Some... read more

 
29 September 2016 in Art & Culture, Views: 31
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