Wildy logo
(020) 7242 5778
enquiries@wildy.com

Wildy’s Book News

Book News cover photo

Vol 22 No 4 April/May 2017

Book of the Month

Cover of Whistleblowing: Law and Practice

Whistleblowing: Law and Practice

Price: £175.00

Pupillage & Student Offers

Special Discounts for Pupils, Newly Called & Students

Read More ...


Secondhand & Out of Print

Browse Secondhand Online

Read More...


UK Public Holiday May 2017

Wildy's will be closed on Monday 29th May and will re-open on Tuesday 30th May.

Online book orders received during the time we are closed will be processed as soon as possible once we re-open on Tuesday.

As usual Credit Cards will not be charged until the order is processed and ready to despatch.

Any non-UK eBook orders placed after 5pm on the Friday 26th May will not be processed until Tuesday 30th May. UK eBook orders will be processed as normal.

Hide this message

The Missing Monument Murders


ISBN13: 9781909976245
Published: May 2016
Publisher: Waterside Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.50



Low stock.

Also available as
£18.75
+ £3.75 VAT

In 1806, Jane Austen’s relative, the Reverend Thomas Leigh, inherited huge estates and the mood in the extended Leigh/Austen family was jubilant.

But within a few years, bizarre events were being reported: the removal and destruction of monuments in the village church, fraud, and the eviction of villagers who dared talk of events. In later years, it would even be alleged that the family engaged in murder as part of a cover-up.

For the first time, this book tells the whole story in which lawyer Charles Griffin, who tried to expose matters, ended up in gaol for his pains.

Brilliantly constructed, minutely researched and documented, this book is a window into the days when someone’s existence could depend on whether or not it was actually recorded for posterity — in this instance by unusually hard evidence: the monument stone of the title which disappeared from a church wall along with various people who knew of its existence.

It is an account that connects Austen, Byron, Scottish bridge engineer John Rennie and Henry Brougham (future Lord Chancellor) plus other famous lawyers and individuals of the age with the wealth, power, influence and allegedly dubious activities of both the landed gentry and downtrodden rural poor, the former so powerful that, so it was claimed, attempts were made to re-write social, legal and local history.

Subjects:
Legal History