Crime, Law Popular Culture in Europe, 1500-1900


How was crime understood and dealt with by ordinary people and to what degree did they resort to or reject the official law and criminal justice system as a means of dealing with different forms of criminal activity? Crime, Law and Popular Culture in Europe since 1500 addresses issues such as: participation by ordinary people as prosecutors, witnesses and jurors in the courts; the dynamics of court sittings; popular resistance to the operation or enforcement of the criminal law; and how attitudes and the ways of understanding crime and the law may have changed or evolved over time. This book explores how different approaches and methodologies aid a greater understanding of the relationship between crime, law and popular culture. Overall, the volume will serve to illuminate how experiences of and attitudes to crime and the law may have corresponded or differed in different locations and contexts as well as contributing to a wider understanding of popular culture and consciousness in early modern and modern Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134007356
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction Richard Mc Mahon Mahon, Richard Mc 1

1 Popular violence and its prosecution in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France Julius R. Ruff Ruff, Julius R. 32

2 The containment of violence in Central European cities, 1500-1800 Joachim Eibach Eibach, Joachim 52

3 Royal justice, popular culture and violence: homicide in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Castile Rudy Chaulet Chaulet, Rudy 74

4 Prosecution and public participation - the case of early modern Sweden Maria Kaspersson Kaspersson, Maria 96

5 Towards a legal anthropology of the early modern Isle of Man James Sharpe Sharpe, James 118

6 'For fear of the vengeance': the prosecution of homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland Richard Mc Mahon Mahon, Richard Mc 138

7 Violent crime and the public weal in England, 1700-1900 Greg T. Smith Smith, Greg T. 190

8 Atonement and domestic homicide in late Victorian Scotland Carolyn A. Conley Conley, Carolyn A. 219

9 'A second Ireland'? Crime and popular culture in nineteenth-century Wales Richard W. Ireland Ireland, Richard W. 239

Index 262

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