Lost Londons: Change, Crime, and Control in the Capital City, 1550-1660 / Edition 1

Lost Londons: Change, Crime, and Control in the Capital City, 1550-1660 / Edition 1

by Paul Griffiths
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521885248

ISBN-13: 9780521885249

Pub. Date: 09/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A major new study of the transformation of early modern London. By focusing on policing, prosecution, and the language and perceptions of the authorities and the underclasses, Paul Griffiths explores the swift growth of London and the changes to its cultures, communities, and environments. Through a series of thematic chapters he maps problem areas and people;…  See more details below

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A major new study of the transformation of early modern London. By focusing on policing, prosecution, and the language and perceptions of the authorities and the underclasses, Paul Griffiths explores the swift growth of London and the changes to its cultures, communities, and environments. Through a series of thematic chapters he maps problem areas and people; reconstructs the atmosphere of the streets; and traces the development of policing in the city. The book provides the first full study of petty crime before 1660, analysing worlds and words of crime, criminal rings and cultures, and tracking changing meanings of crime to reveal new emphases on environmental crimes and crimes committed by women. It also examines the key roles of Bridewell prison, hospitals, medical provision, and penal practices, shedding new light on investigation, detection, surveillance, and public prosecution. Viewed through this unique account, the city will never look the same again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521885249
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/29/2008
Series:
Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories Series, #13
Pages:
564
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Maps and tables

Introduction: Rhetorics and records 1

Pt. I Change 25

1 Troubled times 27

2 Mapping troubles 67

3 Streets 98

Pt. II Crime 135

4 Crime: worlds 137

5 Crime: words 179

Pt. II Control 211

6 Court days 213

7 Bodies 253

8 Policing: people and policy 291

9 Policing: night battles 332

10 Policing: process and prosecution 361

11 Policing: knowledge 400

Conclusion 433

Appendix 438

Bibliography 475

Index 514

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