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The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith By Douglas MacGowan

The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith by Douglas MacGowan

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The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith is an engrossing insight into the suffocating world of Victorian women and the great divide between social classes that doomed a daring relationship before it had begun. For true crime and whodunit lovers, Victoriana enthusiasts and those interested in Scottish legal history.

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The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith: Victorian Scotland's Trial of the Century by Douglas MacGowan

It was a case that rocked Victorian society. Emile L'Angelier was a working-class immigrant from the Channel Islands who began a clandestine affair with prominent Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith. Six weeks after Emile threatened to show Madeleine's father their passionate letters, on 23 March 1857, he was found dead from arsenic poisoning. The evidence against Madeleine seemed overwhelming as she went to trial for murdering her lover.

Douglas MacGowan's vivid account reads by turns like a thriller, a love story and a courtroom drama. He quotes
extensively from contemporary sources, notably the pathology reports, the trial testimony and the infamous correspondence between Madeleine and Emile, whose explicit content so shocked Victorian sensibilities. Ultimately it is up to the reader to judge Madeleine's guilt or innocence.

The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith Reviews

'This case has it all - class, gender, the whiff of scandal and a whodunnit, all wrapped up in the hypocrisy of the legal system of Victorian Scotland'

-- Professor Emeritus David Wilson

'absolutely compelling'

* Evening Times *

'a meticulous overview of the evidence'

* Sunday Herald *

About Douglas MacGowan

Douglas MacGowan was born in Chicago in 1963 and has lived in California since 1968. He received a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco in 1988 and has contributed articles to the Scottish Journal, The Scotsman and Celtic Heritage. He has been married for ten years and currently lives on the San Francisco peninsula with his wife, far too many cats and one dog.

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The Strange Affair of Madeleine Smith: Victorian Scotland's Trial of the Century by Douglas MacGowan
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