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Mental Illness, a History
A member of the establishment is accused of a sex crime but avoids trial by being declared unfit to plead. A scandal erupts. It's England, 1854
A surprising number of Victorian wives resorted to the misuse of the lunacy laws in order to deal with their husbands.
It was the most sensational of 'Sensation Novels', and the Woman in White was also a subtle, sustained undermining of confidence in Victorian legislation on lunacy and those 'of unsound mind'. . .
Believers beware: the dangers of being too enthusiastic in worshipping your God
150 years ago, England opened its first criminal lunatic asylum
The abuse of mental health patients coming to light in the UK would have been horribly familiar to some Victorian campaigners
Why did Mr Rochester keep his 'filthy burden' confined upstairs?
Could Charles Boyer have had Ingrid Bergman declared a lunatic?
The Mania for Monomania
Sarah Wise is a writer based in London.
Gaslight Stories: or why Victorian definitions of in/sanity were every bit as slippery as ours are today