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Summary Ï Broadmoor Revealed 102 ✓ Broadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England's first Criminal Lunatic AsylumFocused on the Victorian period the book tells the stories of some of the hospital's best known patients There is Edward Oxford who shot at ueen Victoria and Richard Dadd the brilliant artist and murderer of Minor the surgeon from America who killed a stranger in London and then played a key part in creating the world's finest dictionary Finally there is Christiana Edmunds ‘The Chocolate Cream Poisoner’ and frustrated loverTo these four tales are added new ones previously unknown There were five women who went on to become mothers in Broadmoor giving. Broadmoor revealed is a fantastic journey in to the world of Lunatics Victorian style The author has sifted through the records of the Broadmoor Asylum to bring us the story of some of its earliest residents He also walks through the early history and development of the institution Broadmoor became the home to those held at her Majesties pleasure those found not guilty of heinous crimes due to insanity Also it was home to your straight lace mad criminals It is a great snapshot of an era and speaks great volumes of the social and political values of the time I thank the author for bringing the cast of colourful inmates and staff back from the mist of time

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Birth to life when three of them had previously taken it Then there were the numerous escapes actual and attempted as the first doctors tried to assert control over their residentsThese are stories from the edge of where true crime meets mental illness Broadmoor Revealed recounts what life was like for the criminally insane over one hundred years ago. Wow If you are interested in psychiatric history the Victorian era or true crime this book is for youArchivist Mark Stevens works with the Berkshire Records Office and thus has access to the case histories of Broadmoor's inmates its governors and This book is a sampling of case studies including that of painter Richard Dadd whose works hang in the Tate Gallery and William Minor a major contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary births in the asylum and various escape attemptsStevens brings both the concept of moral treatment an idea developed by English uakers to help mental health patients which sounds like something far different from what it is and the life of asylum patients into the light for readers in a way that is interesting and compassionate Moral treatment involved nutritious food rest and useful work at the level that each patient was able to manageBroadmoor not only had mental health patients but also prisoners and there were some management issues between the two very different populations Attempts by Broadmoor's governors to deal with those issues are detailedStevens provides a lovely annotated bibliography at the end of this book so that readers may see the original documents on patients the asylum's history etc from which he workedI have already recommended this outstanding source to people with an interest in the subject matter and have no doubt that I will continue to do so with regularity

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Broadmoor RevealedBroadmoor Revealed gives the reader a glimpse behind the walls of England's first Criminal Lunatic AsylumFocused on the Victorian period the book tells the stories of some of the hospital's best known patients There is Edward Oxford who shot at ueen Victoria and Richard Dadd the brilliant artist and murderer of his father There is also William Chester. This is a very well researched and accessible insight into Broadmoor written by Mark Stevens who is an archivist for the Berkshire Record Office Mr Stevens states it is not a full blown history but to use his words a tasting rather than a full bottle that tells something of the AsylumHospital's past in terms of its foundation the people who managed the patients and inmates and the incumbents themselves The author says the book is a collection of short stories that grew out of work to publicise the personal stores from within the archives that were first made available to the public in 2008So with this in mind and the rather surprising find that it was free on Kindle when I would gladly pay hard cash even if the monies only went to help fund work at the archives I set to reading about a place known to me only for holding Ronnie Kray Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe and the like uickly I was immersed in the Victorian world of 1863 by a wonderful storytelling guide who explained how the hospital came into being and how the authorities and Broadmoor's first managers and staff commenced their task of housing lunatics and other undesirables It surprised me to learn that women were the first to arrive and the challenges this presented to staff patients and inmates and the hospital's design itself The mens' arrival also presented an interesting insight I say patients and inmates as both those judged criminally insane and those imprisoned for crime with no insanity were housed here The book provides short stories on some of the inmates four well known and four not and as Mr Stevens say they are a mere handful of the over two thousand admitted from opening in 1863 to 1901 at the book's writing the records after this date remain closed to the public in respect ofn the 100 years rule that is appliedThe chapter on women who had babies was fascinating as it gave a glance of the people themselves and how the authorities treated and approached these situationsLikewise the descriptions of escape attempts and the escapees was riveting notably the guile and luck of the inmates as well as the unsuitability of design the need to change procedures and a spattering of unreliable warders I was also struck throughout at the measured and often very benevolent approach taken by the management and it the hospital as a organisation truly seems to have developed treatment and routines to help people classified as mentally illFinally Mr Stevens completes this excellent taster with a list of sources and further reading He writes of aiming to complete a detailed and fuller history I for one will gladly pay good money to read his next instalment and hope one day to catch his highly regarded talk on Broadmoor too