The Five

The Five

The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

eBook - 2019
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Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London--the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time--but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2019]
ISBN: 9781328664082
1328664082
9781328663818
Characteristics: c

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athena14
May 23, 2019

Amazing, exhausting history of how ordinary women lived in Victorian England. These five were murdered, after lives struggling with alcoholism, poverty, homelessness, disease. Don't expect to learn about their killer.

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