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Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern England - Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardback)
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Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern England - Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardback)

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Hardback 396 Pages / Published: 08/05/2000
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Crime and law have now been studied by historians of early modern England for more than a generation. Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern England attempts to reach further than most conventional treatments of the subject, to explore the cultural contexts of law-breaking and criminal prosecution, and to recover their hidden social meanings. In this sense the book is more than just a 'history from below': it is a history from within. Conversely, the book explores crime to shed light on the long-term development of English mentalities in general. To this end, three serious crimes - witchcraft, coining and murder - are examined in detail, revealing new and important insights into how religious reform, state formation, secularisation, and social and cultural change (for example, the spread of literacy and the availability of print) may have transformed the thinking and outlook of most ordinary people between 1550 and 1750.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521572750
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... the book is a pioneering monument to the complexity of early modern mental worlds and the profound shifts they underwent.' The Historical Journal
"Gaskill has set a new standard for the writing of socio-legal history." H-Net Reviews
"Drawing extensively on archival material, Gaskill...succeeds admirably in his task....Conceptually sophisticated and deeply researched, the book will deservedly occupy a central place in the literature of early modern social history and is recommended for all academic collections." ls Choice
"Gatskill offers important new insights in relating legal to cultural history." Jrnl of Interdisciplinary History
"Malcolm Gaskill packs a lot of punches into 377 pages, presenting a challenging idea on almost every page...It is always riveting and never dull." Sixteenth Century Journal
"[Gaskill] has a good ear and sharp eye combined with a great enthusiasm for plowing through the sources." Journal of Modern History

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