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Lost Londons: Change, Crime, and Control in the Capital City, 1550–1660: 13 (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories, Series Number 13)

Lost Londons: Change, Crime, and Control in the Capital City, 1550–1660: 13 (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories, Series Number 13)

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Paul Griffiths
Cambridge University Press, 8/28/2008
EAN 9780521885249, ISBN10: 0521885248

Hardcover, 564 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

A major study of the transformation of early modern London. By focusing on policing, prosecution, and the language and perceptions of the authorities and the underclasses, Paul Griffiths explores the swift growth of London and the changes to its cultures, communities, and environments. Through a series of thematic chapters he maps problem areas and people; reconstructs the atmosphere of the streets; and traces the development of policing in the city. The book provided the first full study of petty crime before 1660, analysing worlds and words of crime, criminal rings and cultures, and tracking changing meanings of crime to reveal alternative emphases on environmental crimes and crimes committed by women. It also examines the key roles of Bridewell prison, hospitals, medical provision, and penal practices, shedding light on investigation, detection, surveillance, and public prosecution. Viewed through this fascinating account, the city will never look the same again.

Introduction
rhetorics and records
Part I. Change
1. Troubled times
2. Mapping troubles
3. Streets
Part II. Crime
4. Crime
worlds
5. Crime
words
Part III. Control
6. Court days
7. Bodies
8. Policing
people and policy
9. Policing
night battles
10. Policing
process and prosecution
11. Policing
knowledge
Conclusion.

Review of the hardback: '... an immensely rich analysis of Tudor and Stuart London's underclass and of the fears, projects and policies of those officials and officers who struggled against it. Lost Londons is a major contribution to the history of the capital. Times Literary Supplement