Tales from the hanging court

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Hodder Arnold, 2006 - History - 265 pages
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From everyday customs to violent transgression, Tales from the Hanging Court paints a fascinating and vivid picture of what it was like to live in London 200 years ago, from the dark alleys to the glittering thoroughfares.
Drawing on the Old Baily archives from 1674-1834, the authors recreate the real-life and death dramas on which Defoe, Fielding, and Dickens based their novels. They uncover the traditions--and aberrations--that colored daily life in a society where it was easier to witness an execution than to attend the theater.

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Tim Hitchcock is a reader in 18th-century history at the University of Hertfordshire.

Robert Shoemaker is senior lecturer in history at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of "Prosecution and Petty Crime in London and Rural Middlesex, c. 1660-1725" and co-director of" The Old Bailey Proceeedings," an electronic database of all printed eighteenth-century accounts of felony trials.