Bring Him in Mad

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Bring Him in Mad    
About the book

Russell Croft has based Bring Him In Mad on an illustrated and unabridged transcript of the Windham lunacy trial, published in pamphlet form soon after it ended in 1862 by W Oliver of the Strand.

William Windham, the eccentric squire of Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, was put through this public inquiry into his state of mind by his high-born relatives, who wanted to "bring him in mad" because of his infatuation with Agnes Willoughby, a notorious young woman of the kind popularly known as "pretty horsebreakers". Windham stood to lose both his freedom of action and the control of his property if found of unsound mind.

Croft has woven factual and fictional elements together in order to create a rounded story out of this now largely forgotten cause célèbre. He has also blended-in much fascinating and informative period detail, without digressing from the narrative. The book raises issues concerning the proper boundaries of an individual's freedom of action, and of the interplay between madness and morality, that have distinctly modern resonances.

Follow the links to find out more about the real-life characters in the trial and the relationship between fact & fiction in the book.






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