Year: 2001 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.178, no.1, (January 2001), p.42-47 SIEC No: 20051882

This article discusses dying by suicide in Medieval England. Selected records from the reign of Henry III, Edward II, & Edward III were translated & examined. 198 cases of death by suicide were found. The results show suicide was more common in men & hanging was the most common method. Within all of the cases, there was no report of self-poisoning. There is proof that royal officers attempted to conceal pieces of evidence. Compared with today, some factors of suicide have changed, however, some have remained the same. (20 refs.)(CH)