Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian by Wendie Ellen Schneider

By Wendie Ellen Schneider

During the Victorian period, new legislation allowed extra witnesses to testify in lawsuits. while, an rising cultural emphasis on truth-telling drove the improvement of latest methods of inhibiting perjury. Strikingly unique and drawing on a huge array of archival study, Wendie Schneider’s exam of the Victorian court charts this era of experimentation and the way its thoughts formed modern trial method. mixing felony, social, and colonial background, she shines new gentle on cross-examination, the main enduring manufactured from this time and the “greatest felony engine ever invented for the invention of truth.”

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