From everyday customs to violent transgression, Tales from the Hanging Court paints a fascinating and vivid picture of what it was like to live in London 200 years ago, from the dark alleys to the glittering thoroughfares.
Drawing on the Old Baily archives from 1674-1834, the authors recreate the real-life and death dramas on which Defoe, Fielding, and Dickens based their novels. They uncover the traditions--and aberrations--that colored daily life in a society where it was easier to witness an execution than to attend the theater.
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Robert Shoemaker and Tim Hitchcock are the Editors of the online proceedings of the Old Bailey archives.Review:
'I loved this book and found it utterly compelling.' Kathryn Hughes, author of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton 'Hitchcock and Shoemaker feel no need to jazz up this rich period detail to bring it to life, and maintain a scholarly distance from the material...in doing so, they leave room for an even more interesting account of a society's dawning realization, over the course of a revolutionary century, that crime and punishment needed to be taken out of the hands of the mob and set up in rational lines.' Time Out Anybody who has struggled with historic legal records knows they can be a complex subject, but the authors offer a clear introduction to court procedure and, more importantly, to the 18th century criminal system ... The book is largely about the men and women who appeared before the court, as well as the witnesses and victims. Their accounts offer a unique and fascinating glimpse into ordinary life in the 18th century, from the clothes worn to the few precious possessions people owned ... This is an important and serious book on 18th century society, but it is also one that brings the lives of ordinary people very much to life.' Simon Fowler, Ancestors 'This thoughtful collection of criminal trials provides a fascinating insight into the murky world of 18th-century London. The authors have assembled a wealth of extracts from proceeding at the Old Bailey and the reader will meet an astonishing cast of characters: murderous husbands, highwaymen, prostitutes, and the rest. The workings of the criminal justice system--from arrest through to public execution - are closely examined, but this book is far more than social history. Devotees of Defoe and Fielding will enjoy glimpsing the real world behind those writers' famous fictions.' The Good Book Guide
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Descrizione libro Hodder Arnold, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First edition. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 448 p. Audience: General/trade. Codice libro della libreria 729817
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