Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England (Hardback)Ken MacMillan (editor)
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Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England is an original collection of thirty stories of true crime during the period 1580-1700. Published in short books known as chapbooks, these stories proliferated in early modern popular literature. The chapbooks included in this collection describe serious, horrifying and often deeply personal stories of murder and attempted murder, infanticide, suicide, rape, arson, highway robbery, petty treason and witchcraft.
These criminal cases reveal the fascinating complexities of early modern English society. The vivid depictions of these stories were used by the English church and state to describe the proper boundaries of behaviour, and the dangers that could result from the sins of avarice, apathy, vice or violence. Readers will learn about the public interest and involvement in crime and punishment and the way the criminal justice system was used to correct and deter criminal activity and restore social boundaries such as rank, gender, family, religion, and physical boundaries of person and property.
Perfect for the student reader, this collection provides guided access to these exciting sources. Each transcription is modernized and annotated and is preceded by a brief discussion of key historical context and themes. Including an introductory essay on the topic of the English criminal justice system in the early modern period, as well as a glossary of key terms in English criminal law, this is an ideal introduction for students of crime and criminal justice in England.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 14 mm
"This collection provides an excellent source book, which gathers together a wide range of primary sources on the history of crime and presents them in a highly accessible way that is particularly useful for undergraduates studying the subject for the first time. The introduction provides a very effective and concise summary of existing debates, and a clear and well-signposted route into this exciting and important historical subject. The great strength of this collection is the richness of the sources that it provides for the sixteenth and seventeenth century, which adds important historical depth to a subject that has focused in recent years more on the records of the Old Bailey and the eighteenth century."
Henry French, University of Exeter, UK
"Ken MacMillan's Stories of True Crime is both a treasury of early modern true crime stories and a valuable resource for instructors and students of early modern legal, social and cultural history. The author has painstakingly selected, edited, transcribed and annotated a broad range of early modern criminal accounts: some indeed sensational and bloody, others more prosaic, but all of them compelling and instructive, shedding light on both the legal and larger social and cultural contexts of crime and punishment in late Elizabethan and Stuart England. Readers will benefit from the author's clear and cogent introductory sections, legal and historical overviews, and explanatory notes. In an age in which the sheer volume of early modern print available digitally can be overwhelming, MacMillan's collection is all the more useful, and timely, in that it provides a judicious selection of some of the most striking and evocative examples of the genre."
Andrea McKenzie, University of Victoria, Canada
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