Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom

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Yale University Press, Jan 28, 2016 - History - 280 pages
During the Victorian era, new laws allowed more witnesses to testify in court cases. At the same time, an emerging cultural emphasis on truth-telling drove the development of new ways of inhibiting perjury. Strikingly original and drawing on a broad array of archival research, Wendie Schneider’s examination of the Victorian courtroom charts this period of experimentation and how its innovations shaped contemporary trial procedure. Blending legal, social, and colonial history, she shines new light on cross-examination, the most enduring product of this time and the “greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth.”
 

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Contents

The Rise and Fall of Perjury Prosecutions
17
The Gentlemanly Art of Crossexamination
48
Perjury and Prevarication in British India
103
An Inquisitorial
143
Adultery Sex Offenses and the Criminal
181
Notes
211
Index
259
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Wendie Schneider teaches history at Iowa State University and is a member of the bar in Massachusetts. She lives in Nevada, IA.

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