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Crime and Punishment in the England of Shakespeare and Milton,1570-1640 / Edition 2

Crime and Punishment in the England of Shakespeare and Milton,1570-1640 / Edition 2

by John W. Weatherford


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Crime has been present in all cultures and societies, since the beginning of time. This work focuses on the punishments common in England around the time of Shakespeare and Milton, presenting descriptions of more than fifty criminal cases. Information comes from narratives printed for the popular news media at the time of the event. Details of everyday life in England and facts about the English legal environment of the era are brought to light. Also revealed through the narratives are issues present in society today—i. e., the status of women, poverty, and corruption. Individual cases are discussed under chapters devoted to specific types of crimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786409631
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/20/2001
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late John W. Weatherford wrote journal articles on history, librarianship, and collective bargaining. He lived in Michigan.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I. Issues of Crime and the Time 9
II. Removing Obstacles to Wealth 16
III. Murdering Children for Their Own Good 39
IV. Murdering to Resolve Triangles 54
V. Robbery on Land 74
VI. Robbery at Sea 91
VII. Fraud and Blackmail 106
VIII. From Sex to Disaster 115
IX. Corruption 135
X. Shades and Witches 152
XI. From Religion to Disaster 165
XII. Conclusion 178

Appendix A: Shakespeare’s Purse 191
Appendix B: “Appeal” by Next of Kin 193
Notes 195
Works Cited 203
Index 213

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