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Broadmoor Revealed by Mark Stevens
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Feb 27, 12

bookshelves: 2012, history, nonfiction, kindle
Read on February 24, 2012

I picked this up on a whim, it was free, which is always a good start, but promised an insight into the foundation and growth of Broadmoor.

It's based on the research of the institutes archivist, and to a certain extent it shows. It's very factual, but in dealing with the subject matter I was hoping for a little more warmth and narrative flow.

Having said that, it does convey the haphazard evolution of what is now an infamous facility. The stories of escapes which shaped it's development and restructuring whilst seemingly repetitive serve to highlight the way it was originally viewed.

It's scope is confined to the Victorian era, but then that means less focus on the sensational, and concentrates on the lives and conditions of people who found themselves incarcerated often at Her Majesty's Pleasure, for the whole of their lives. Interestingly, given their social backgrounds these inmates often outlived their relatives.
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