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Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom

Wendie E Schneider

Abstract

Engines of Truth explores the history of nineteenth-century British trial procedure from the novel viewpoint of efforts to control perjury. Perjury emerged as an acute problem in the Victorian era: new rules allowed many more witnesses to testify, increasing the opportunities for deceit; a broader cultural emphasis on sincerity and truth-telling made the threat seem even greater. Engines of Truth traces the experiments pursued to control witnesses’ truthfulness, from criminal prosecutions and increased reliance on cross-examination, to shame sanctions in British India and inquisitorial invest ... More

Keywords: Perjury, Cross-examination, Victorian Bar, Sincerity, Queen’s Proctor, Evidence/Defendant’s Testimony, Advocacy, British India, Trial Practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300125665
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300125665.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendie E Schneider, author
Iowa State University