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Author Davies, Russell, 1957-

Title Secret sins : sex, violence and society in Carmarthenshire, 1870-1920 / Russell Davies
Published Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 327 pages) : illustrations
Contents Front Cover; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: Private Lives, Public Witnesses: The Individual and Society in Carmarthenshire; A Sense of Place; A Psychic Crisis? The Social Contextof Mental Illness and Suicide; 'Secret Sins': Crime and Protest; Sexuality and Tension; Spiritual Skeletons: Religion, Superstitionand Popular Culture; Conclusion: Carmarthenshire and Welsh Society; Notes; Index; Back Cover
Summary Sleepy rustic Carmarthenshire was secretly a hotbed of debauchery, violence and drunkenness according to Russell Davies in a new edition of his very successful book, 'Secret Sins'. Behind the facade of idyllic rural life, there was a twilight world of mental illness, suicide, crime, vicious assaults, infanticide, cruelty and other assorted acts of depravity. This almost anecdotal historical study is often funny, sometimes disturbing, always revealing
Notes Reprint. Originally published 1996
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Social problems -- Wales -- Carmarthenshire -- History.
Carmarthenshire (Wales) -- History.
Carmarthenshire (Wales) -- Social conditions.
Carmarthenshire (Wales) -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0708325572 (electronic bk.)
1306495024 (electronic bk.)
9780708325575 (electronic bk.)
9781306495028 (electronic bk.)