The Press and the Case

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI:
The Press and the Case

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This chapter discusses the press reports on the Perreau case which turned it into a national sensation—an inescapable phenomenon. It notes that the press gave full accounts of all the official proceedings, but their contribution went beyond mere reporting of the major legal developments. It further notes that both Mrs. Rudd and the Perreaus used the press to circulate their accounts and the parties involved in the case flooded the papers with letters offering new accusations. It observes that the tale of forgery exploded at a pivotal moment in the history of English journalism. It notes that the Perreau-Rudd case offered fresh territory for expansion and the papers helped to produce a new genre, the sensational criminal trial.

Keywords: national sensation; Mrs. Rudd; Perreaus; press; forgery; English journalism; Perreau-Rudd case; criminal trial

Chapter.  15616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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