Year: 1993 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.23, no.1, (Spring 1993), p.86-87 SIEC No: 19930251

This book review provides an overview of the book & notes that in writing a social & cultural history of suicide in early modern England, it not only documents the incidence of self-destruction but provides both a survey & explanation of the changing attitudes toward suicide. It analyzes the shift in enforcement of the legal penalties against self-murder ove r the course of the 16th & early 17th centuries & undertakes to unravel the tangled strands of values, beliefs, & emotional associations.