Commissions of Lunacy

Akihito Suzuki

in Madness at Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245808
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932210 | DOI:
Commissions of Lunacy

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This chapter serves as a general introduction to the records of commissions of lunacy and elucidates major problems illuminated through the examination of such sources. It details the scandal involving the third Earl of Portsmouth, his second wife, Mary Anne, and her lover, William Rowland Alder that erupted in February 1823, and discusses the “reform in lunacy” in the early nineteenth century. The chapter then presents a brief overview of the history of the commission of lunacy.

Keywords: commission of lunacy; Earl of Portsmouth; reform in lunacy; records; history

Chapter.  10784 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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