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Madeleine Smith: Murder and Morality

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HM General Register House

2 Princes Street

Edinburgh

EH1 3YY

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Accused of administering arsenic to her secret lover Pierre Emile L’Angelier with intent to kill, Madeleine Smith became infamous as the details of their love affair came to light. While reports of the case and the large volume of records about it in the National Records of Scotland reveal a great deal about Smith and L’Angelier’s relationship, the public’s response and subsequent re-interpretations of the trial, reflect the dominant narratives of their time. Research Professor Eleanor Gordon, co-author of ‘Murder and Morality in Victorian Britain: The Story of Madeleine Smith’, will talk about the trial and life of Madeleine Smith within the broader context of its time, the prevailing stereotypes of the Victorian era, and how past and present interpretations reveal the common understanding of social history. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to see some of the original productions in the trial including the arsenic bottle and forensic containers, on display for the first time in the Matheson Dome. The talk and exhibition visit will take up to an hour. For more information about the exhibition.

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