Crime in Seventeenth-century England
A County Study
By (author) J. A. Sharpe
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Crime in Seventeenth-century England by J. A. Sharpe
Book DescriptionThe history of crime is an exciting field, forming one aspect of a much wider increase in interest in social history as a whole. This book, based on a detailed study of court records in Essex between 1620 and 1680 combines a detailed study of fluctuations in crime and punishment in a seventeenth-century English county with an analysis of the social processes which lay behind prosecution. In so doing, it marks a major contribution to the field. Dr Sharpe's objective is to break away from older treatments of crime in the period, which have depended too much on an uncritical use of literary sources, and to offer a contrast to the legal historian's perspective on the subject. He studies the reality of crime as it was tried at the courts, and as it was experienced by both criminals and victims.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521089470
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. A. Sharpe
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This fascinating introduction to the history of witches is informed by the main trends of new thinking on the subject, and supported by a range of compelling contemporary documents.
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This book combines consideration of more traditional concerns of social history with investigation of the newer items on the agenda of historians. The result is a masterly study, providing the only up-to-date interpretation available for the period.
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