A Horrid Deed: The Life and Death of Joe the Quilter - PREORDER


Joe the Quilter was an old man in Northumberland at the turn of the 19th century, known for producing fine hand-stitched quilts. He was murdered in his modest cottage in 1826. The case attracted attention and notoriety for the brutality of the crime, but it was never solved...

In this book, Dr. Smith uses records and stories from the case, as well as a host of other sources to reconstruct the lives (and deaths) of the poor craftspeople of Northern England at the time industrial revolution and the expansion of Empire. The changes to traditional economics brought new challenges to the anonymous folk struggling to survive. He then focuses on the murder of this one man, examining the evidence of the case and how the authorities failed to make an arrest. He concludes with his own determination of who must have been the culprit, solving this ages old mystery.

Part true crime, part history, this book will intrigue you and reveal the struggles of the common people usually overlooked.

"A blood spatter and mysterious prints in the snow . . . what happened to Joe the Quilter? For two centuries people have asked about the fate of this humble man from Northumberland. In Robert Smith's capable hands, readers will find themselves enthralled in a mystery for the ages while steeping themselves in a fascinating time and place too often forgotten." -- James Wolfinger, Professor of History, Illinois State University

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