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The Ardlamont mystery : the real-life story behind the creation of Sherlock Holmes / Daniel Smith.

Author/Creator:
Smith, Daniel, 1976- author.
Publication:
London : Michael O'Mara Books Limited, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Monson, Alfred J. (Alfred John), 1860 -- -Trials, litigation, etc.
Hambrough, Windsor Dudley Cecil, 1873-1893 -- Death.
Littlejohn, Henry (Henry Duncan), 1826-1914.
Bell, Joseph, 1837-1911.
Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 -- Characters -- Sherlock Holmes.
Murder -- Scotland -- Argyllshire -- History -- 19th century.
Trials (Murder) -- Scotland -- Edinburgh -- History -- 19th century.
Summary:
The Ardlamont murder trial, which took place in Edinburgh's High Court in December 1893, was the culmination of one of the most intriguing criminal cases in British legal history. But perhaps more remarkable than that was that it brought together the two principal real-life inspirations behind the creation of the world's favourite fictional consulting detective: Sherlock Holmes. Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn were Professors of Medicine at Edinburgh University. As educators, medical trailblazers and social reformers, the two friends were pioneers in the emerging world of forensic science, and both were called as expert witnesses at the Ardlamont murder trial. Under their tutelage had been a young student named Arthur Conan Doyle. He had served as an assistant to Bell, where he was able to scrutinise at first-hand Bell's remarkable deductive powers. In fact, Conan Doyle went on to say of Bell: 'It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes'.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 242-246) and index.
ISBN:
1782438459
9781782438458
9781782438472
OCLC:
987893480