Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England (Paperback)
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Identity, Crime and Legal Responsibility in Eighteenth-Century England (Paperback)

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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.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349517169
Number of pages: 234
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2004


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- '[Rabin] give[s] weight to abstractions like 'sensibility' as actual forces in the courtroom and in the reform movement.'

Paul Baines, Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol.42, no.1, 2008

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