The 8 Volume Celebrated Crimes series written by Alexandre Dumas is a "True Crime" classic. He minced no words and spared no language to describe the violent scenes of a violent time.
The stories in this series are based on historical record. The
subjects which he has chosen, however, are of both historic an ramatic importance, an they have the added value of giving the modern reader a clear picture of the state of semi-lawlessness which existed in Europe, during the middle ages.
The first volume comprises the annals of the Borgias
The name of the noted and notorious Florentine family has become a synonym for intrigue and violence.
Another famous Italian story is that of the Cenci. The beautiful Beatrice Cencicelebrated in the painting of Guido, the sixteenth century romance of Guerrazi, and the poetic tragedy of Shelley, not
to mention numerous succeeding works inspired by her hapless fatewill always remain a shadowy figure an one of infinite pathos.
The second volume chronicles the sanguinary deeds in the south of France, carried on in the name of religion, but drenching in blood the fair country round about Avignon, for a long period of years.
The third volume is devoted to the story of Mary Queen of Scots, another woman who suffered a violent death, and around whose name an endless controversy has waged.
The fourth volume comprises three widely dissimilar tales. One of the strangest stories is that of Urbain Grandier, the innocent victim of a cunning and relentless religious plot. A famous German crime is that of Karl-Ludwig Sand , whose murder
of Kotzebue, Councillor of the Russian Legation, caused an international upheaval.
An especially interesting volume is number six, containing, among other material, the famous "Man in the Iron Mask."
Also included among others are the stories of the beautiful poisoner, Marquise de Brinvilliers, The incredible cruelties of Ali Pacha, the Turkish despot.
Dumas in this classic gives "sharp and distinct reproductions of character which alone can present to the reader the
mind and spirit of an age. Not a mere historian, he has carefully consulted the original sources of information, has weighed testimonies, elicited theories, and has interpolated the poetry
of history with its most thorough prose."
MASSACRES OF THE SOUTH
JOAN OF NAPLES
THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
THE COUNTESS DE SAINT GERAN
THE MARQUISE DE BRINVILLIERS
THE MARQUISE DE GANGES