T. Hitchcock & R. Shoemaker - Tales From The Hanging Court (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : As New
- Category : Non-Fiction - Law, Society & Social Sciences
- Published : 2010 (Bloomsbury Academic)
- ISBN : 9780340913758
- SKU : B001803
- PPC : SP400gm
- Quantity Available : 1 only
Tales from the Hanging Court draws on published accounts of Old Bailey trials from 1674-1834, a rich seam of social, political and legal history.
Through these compelling true stories of theft, murder, rape and blackmail, Hitchcock and Shoemaker capture the early history of the judicial system and the colourful, vibrant and sometimes scandalous world of pre-industrial London.
In its heyday the court was a soap opera of intrigue, sensation and murky goings on where authors such as Dickens and Defoe would go for inspiration. Thieves and murderers were often caught by members of the public and prosecutions brought by victims.
Hitchcock and Shoemaker chart an increasingly sophisticated society taking crime and punishment away from the anarchy of the London mob to put it into a court where a judge and jury meted out justice.
The authors paint a vivid picture of a flourishing city where market capitalism and Enlightenment thinking battled to impose order on the chaotic crime that accompanied Britain's economic miracle.
"This is an important book for my criminology history module, its so easy to read and not like other academic books which can be boring. It's informative and has serious and amusing anecdotes and above all accurate information as far as I have been able to ascertain, so a good reliable book suitable for academic and general reading." - Goodreads Review.
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