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Underworld London

Author : Catharine Arnold
ISBN : 9780857201171
Genre : History
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Beginning with an atmospheric account of Tyburn, we are set up for a grisly excursion through London as a city of ne'er do wells, taking in beheadings and brutality at the Tower, Elizabethan street crime, cutpurses and con-men, through to the Gordon Riots and Highway robbery of the 18thcentury and the rise of prisons, the police and the Victorian era of incarceration. As well as the crimes, Arnold also looks at the grotesque punishments meted out to those who transgressed the law throughout London's history - from the hangings, drawings and quarterings at Tyburn over 500 years to being boiled in oil at Smithfield. This popular historian also investigates the influence of London's criminal classes on the literature of the 19thand 20thcenturies, and ends up with our old favourites, the Krays and Soho gangs of the 50s and 60s. London's crimes have changed over the centuries, both in method and execution. Underworld London traces these developments, from the highway robberies of the eighteenth century, made possible by the constant traffic of wealthy merchants in and out of the city, to the beatings, slashings and poisonings of the Victorian era.
Category: History

London S Underworld

Author : Thomas Holmes
ISBN : 9781843312192
Genre : History
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Anthem’s Travel Classics presents Thomas Holmes’ masterpiece of early-twentieth-century social journalism: a quirky, engaging and witty look at London’s criminal and social underworld of 1912. Holmes investigates the seedy intentions of the pickpockets, prostitutes, prisoners, drunks and murderers that comprise the capital’s criminal element, all of whom he rather tends to admire! A more reflective and progressive theme also runs through this work, as the author considers the serious social problems faced by women, the disabled and the unemployed. Both a thrilling exposé and a considered anthropological review, London’s Underworld is driven by the author’s conflicting feelings of admiration for the rebellious spirit which frees these criminals from the laws of reserved Victorian Society and also pity for the restless, violent attitudes which leave them stranded there alone. Introduced by a modern luminary, London’s Underworld is a revealing look at the crooked past of the great city.
Category: History

London S Criminal Underworlds C 1720 C 1930

Author : Heather Shore
ISBN : 9781137313911
Genre : History
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This book offers an original and exciting analysis of the concept of the criminal underworld. Print culture, policing and law enforcement, criminal networks, space and territory are explored here through a series of case studies taken from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Category: History

The Quest For Epic In Contemporary American Fiction

Author : Catherine Morley
ISBN : 9781135899585
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This volume explores the confluences between two types of literature in contemporary America: the novel and the epic. It analyses the tradition of the epic as it has evolved from antiquity, through Joyce to its American manifestations and describes how this tradition has impacted upon contemporary American writing.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Culture Of Secrecy

Author : David Vincent
ISBN : 0198203071
Genre : History
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This is the first, comprehensive study of secrecy in modern British history. Professor Vincent examines how and why secrets have been kept, and how systems of control have been constructed - and challenged - over the past hundred and sixty years. It is the only book to place current controversies over freedom of information in the context of the development of the liberal state since 1832.
Category: History

G W M Reynolds

Author : Anne Humpherys
ISBN : 0754658546
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The influential journalist, editor, and prolific fiction writer G. W. M. Reynolds (1814-1879) finally receives the attention he is due in this collaborative volume. Essays address Reynolds's involvement with Chartism, serial publication, the mass market periodical, commodity culture, and Reynolds's long-running urban gothic work, The Mysteries of London. Comprehensive bibliographies of Reynolds's own writings and relevant secondary works make this volume an essential resource for scholars.
Category: Literary Criticism

The London Underworld In The Victorian Period

Author : Henry Mayhew
ISBN : 9780486130842
Genre : History
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The first and possibly the greatest sociological study of poverty in 19th-century London, this survey features true stories of degradation, horror, and desperation that rival Dickensian fiction.
Category: History

Elizabeth S London

Author : Liza Picard
ISBN : 9781466863460
Genre : History
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Liza Picard immerses her readers in the spectacular details of daily life in the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603). Beginning with the River Thames, she examines the city on the north bank, still largely confined within the old Roman walls. The wealthy lived in mansions upriver, and the royal palaces were even farther up at Westminster. On the south bank, theaters and spectacles drew the crowds, and Southwark and Bermondsey were bustling with trade. Picard examines the Elizabethan streets and the traffic in them; she surveys building methods and shows us the decor of the rich and the not-so-rich. Her account overflows with particulars of domestic life, right down to what was likely to be growing in London gardens. Picard then turns her eye to the Londoners themselves, many of whom were afflicted by the plague, smallpox, and other diseases. The diagnosis was frequently bizarre and the treatment could do more harm than good. But there was comfort to be had in simple, homely pleasures, and cares could be forgotten in a playhouse or the bull-baiting and bear-baiting rings, or watching a good cockfight. The more sober-minded might go to hear a lecture at Gresham College or the latest preacher at Paul's Cross. Immigrants posed problems for Londoners who, though proud of England's religious tolerance, were concerned about the damage these skilled migrants might do to their own livelihoods, despite the dominance of livery companies and their apprentice system. Henry VIII's destruction of the monasteries had caused a crisis in poverty management that was still acute, resulting in begging (with begging licenses!) and a "parochial poor rate" paid by the better-off. Liza Picard's wonderfully vivid prose enables us to share the satisfaction and delights, as well as the vexations and horrors, of the everyday lives of the denizens of sixteenth-century London.
Category: History

Radical Underworld

Author : Iain McCalman
ISBN : 0521307554
Genre : History
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This highly acclaimed study draws on information from spy reports and contemporary literature to look at English popular radicalism during the period between the anti-Jacobin government "Terror" of the 1790s and the beginnings of Chartism. The book traces for the first time the history of theunderground revolutionary-republican grouping founded by the agrarian reformer, Thomas Spence. Challenging conventional distinctions between "high" and "low" culture, McCalman illuminates the darker, more populist sides of Romanticism. Radical Underworld broadens the conventional boundaries ofpopular politics and culture by exploring a political underworld connected with poverty, crime, prophetic religion, and literary culture.
Category: History