Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England

Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England

by D. Rabin

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Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England by D. Rabin

During the eighteenth century English defendants, victims, witnesses, judges, and jurors spoke a language of the mind. With their reputations or lives at stake, men and women presented their complex emotions and passions as grounds for acquittal or mitigation of punishment. Inside the courtroom the language of excuse reshaped crimes and punishments, signalling a shift in the age-old negotiation of mitigation. Outside the courtroom the language of the mind reflected society's preoccupation with questions of sensibility, responsibility, and the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403934444
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/27/2004
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Dana Rabin is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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