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Historical Background

To the Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Types of crime and punishment, policing, trial procedures and verdicts.

London life from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries; A Population History of London; Rural Middlesex; Currency, Coinage, and the Cost of Living; Material London.

Black communities; Gypsies and Travellers; Homosexuality; Huguenot London; the Irish in London; Jewish Communities.

Gender roles in the 'long' eighteenth century; gender and crime, justice and punishment; researching gender in the Proceedings.

Architectural history of London's Central Criminal Court, 1673-1834.


Guide to unfamiliar judicial and historical terms.


A comprehensive site Bibliography


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