Con Men and Cutpurses: Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld

Con Men and Cutpurses: Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld

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by Lucy Moore
     
 

An enthralling anthology of 18th-century writings that gives a fascinating insight into the dreadful misdeeds of - and the horrible punishments meeted out to - an array of rogues and criminals, from murderers and swindlers to prostitutes and pirates. Captured in memoirs, letters, ballads and court transcripts are some of the most colourful villains ever to take

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An enthralling anthology of 18th-century writings that gives a fascinating insight into the dreadful misdeeds of - and the horrible punishments meeted out to - an array of rogues and criminals, from murderers and swindlers to prostitutes and pirates. Captured in memoirs, letters, ballads and court transcripts are some of the most colourful villains ever to take their last gasp at the hangman's noose, including daring thief Jack Sheppherd, highwayman Dick Turpin and ingenious pickpocket Jenny Diver. Taking us from the backstreets and brothels to Newgate prison and the gallows at Tyburn, this anthology reveals London's murky underworld in all its squalor and exuberance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140437607
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lucy Moore is a freelance historian. She is the author of The Thieves' Opera and a biography of Lord Hervey, Amphibious Thing, both published by Viking.

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Texts
Further Reading
1The Hogarthian Underworld1
2Murderers37
3Prostitutes59
4Thieves83
5Pirates123
6Sex Offenders159
7Highwaymen185
8Confidence Tricksters219
9A Miscellany249
10Cant Glossary285
AppThe Black Act291
Acknowledgements301

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