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The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town

Paul Kleber Monod


This book focuses on the murder of Mr. Grebell that was done by John Breads in East Sussex, England. The killing and the subsequent trial connect to broader issues in the history of the Sussex port, issues that affected other small towns in early modern England. The author narrates a story of personal violence and judicial vengeance. As such, the book provides access to the tensions and animosities that existed among people who jostled up against one another in the restricted space of a small urban community. It casts a harsh light on the transition from the narrowly focused community norms of ... More

Keywords: Mr. Grebell, East Sussex, John Breads, Sussex port, judicial vengeance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300099850
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300099850.001.0001


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Paul Kleber Monod, author

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