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A Grim Almanac of Edinburgh & the Lothians (Grim Almanacs)

ISBN: 9780750951050
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: 2009-04-15
Number of pages: 160
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Seldom in history has there been a city with a more sordid reputation than Edinburgh. Beneath the surface respectability of the jewel in the Scottish crown lies a warren of filth-ridden alleys and stairs where thieves, murderers, and ghouls of every description planned and carried out their foul deeds. In this book we meet them all—Major Weir, the devil-worshipping black magician and his wicked sister Grizel; Captain Porteous, the corrupt official who inspired the population to mob justice; Jessie King, the notorious Stockbridge baby farmer; wife poisoner Eugene Chantrelle; Deacon Brodie, the inspiration behind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and of course, worst of all, Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare, who plied their swift trade in corpses for the dissection table of Dr Knox.

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