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A History of Infanticide in Britain c. 1600 to the Present


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Anne-Marie Kilday
    Pages 151-182
  3. Anne-Marie Kilday
    Pages 183-217
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 218-338

About this book


The killing of new-born children is an intensely emotional and emotive subject. The hidden nature of this crime has made it an area incredibly difficult subject area for historians to approach up until now. This work provides the first detailed history of infanticide in mainland Britain from 1600 to the modern era.


Crime gender punishment Britain crime early modern period history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityUK

About the authors

Anne-Marie Kilday is Professor of Criminal History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has published on the widely on the history of violence and the history of female criminality in Britain, Europe and North America from 1600 to the present.

Bibliographic information


“Anne-Marie Kilday in her book … offers a rich, thorough and nuanced history of this crime. … this book provides a comprehensive account of the phenomenon of infanticide in Britain, being the first to include a wholly integrated approach by incorporating both the English and Welsh, and the Scottish perspectives. … it is an ambitious and important contribution to the existing scholarship. … also provides a useful starting point for further research on this subject from a more contemporary perspective.” (Karen Brennan, Human Figuations, Vol. 5 (1), March, 2016)