The London Monster by Jan Bondeson
A Sanguinary Tale

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A wry, compelling look at the mania surrounding the sensational case of the "Monster" who terrorized eighteenth-century London. "Entirely fascinating"--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
 

About Jan Bondeson

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Jan Bondeson is the author of A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities and The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History. He lives and works in Wales.
 
Published July 21, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Crime, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Duly noting the chauvinistic tenor of the time, he ably captures the constrained social circumstances of the young women who were Williams’s accusers, as well as such flamboyant personalities as Angerstein and, memorably, Williams’s opportunistic champion Theophilus Swift.

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The Guardian

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The London Monster: Terror on the Streets in 1790 by Jan Bondeson 320pp, Tempus, £20 Night has fallen, the street-lamps are faint and few.

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Although his 18th-century London seems far removed and faintly absurd, Bondeson's examination of the Monster mania and similar 19th-century incidents throughout Europe as examples of ""moral panic""--wherein isolated incidents convince the populace that moral order is being eroded--is illuminating.

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Bondeson is at his best in detailing how a Papierkrieg by the intelligent but not entirely reputable lawyer Theophilus Swift (a collateral descendant of the famous Jonathan Swift) influenced public opinion in favor of Williams.

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