But there is much is more to Newgate than nineteenth century notoriety. In the seventeenth century it saw the exploits of legendary escaper and thief Jack Sheppard. Author Daniel Defoe who was imprisoned there for seditious libel, playwright Ben Jonson for murder, the Captain Kidd for piracy were among its most famous inmates.
This book takes you from the gaol’s 12th century beginnings to its final closure in 1904 and looks at daily life, developments in the treatment of prisoners from the use of torture to penal reform as well as major events in its history.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Shes been a fan of the eighteenth century since discovering the work of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and loves the periods sheer exuberance for life. She later discovered that the complexity of its history is even more beguiling than the fiction of its novels.
When not writing about the Georgians she is working on a novel of her own.
Table of Contents
About The Author 7
Chapter 1 Foundations 1188-1499 13
Chapter 2 Crimes and Punishments 27
Chapter 3 Newgate Under the Tudors and Stuarts 1500 - 1665 41
Chapter 4 The Great Fire 1666 - 1699 51
Chapter 5 Inside the Prison-republic 1700 - 1769 59
Chapter 6 The New Newgate 1770 - 1799 75
Chapter 7 Reform 1800 - 1902 95
Appendices Newgate's Famous Inmates 111
Newgate in Literature 115
Newgate Cant - The Secret Language of Thieves 117