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2nd Edition

Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England

Edited By

Ken MacMillan

ISBN 9781032163543
Published September 9, 2022 by Routledge
284 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its second edition, Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England has been updated to include more texts about witchcraft, murder, and sexual deviance and discussions about the historical climate within which crimes occurred; voice and print culture; and types of crime and criminals.

This volume contains modernized and annotated chapbooks related to crimes such as murder, theft, infanticide, rape, and witchcraft with accompanying illustrations that depict the acts and punishments of criminals in Tudor and Stuart England. In this edition, special attention has been paid to demonstrating significant overlaps and encouraging students to question authors’ reasonings behind including multiple crimes in a single work. Alongside this, further useful prompts have been included to stimulate discussion about why parables were used to open chapbooks, the historical context underpinning certain criminal acts, the value of these sources to scholars, and how certain texts compare and contrast with others.

With five new chapters and an updated introduction and bibliography, the second edition of Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England is an essential resource for all students of crime and punishment in early modern England.

Table of Contents

1. The blood-thirsty papist  2. The jealous mercer and the smitten lover  3. The strange discovery of sundry murders  4.The boy without any fear  5. The minister’s mutilation and murder  6. The cock-a-doodle-doo miracle  7. The life and death of a bawd  8. The hog-keeper and her daughter  9. The cripple’s complaint and the strumpet’s repentence  10. The gentlewoman’s unnatural crimes  11. The unhappy litigant  12. The Flowers at Beaver castle  13. The life and death of a churlish knave  14. The Devil’s secretary  15. The witches of St Edmundsbury  16. The baronet at the bar  17. The child-killer of St Olave  18. The cavalier killer gets pressed  19. The gardener’s gallows reprieve  20. The murderous siblings of Monmouth  21. The widow’s murder  22. The beastly highwaymen  23. The fire in the garrett  24. The penitent apprentice  25. The common witch, Goody Buts  26. The kindly widow and the shopkeeper’s wife  27. The madness of Mary Philmore  28. The French midwife’s miserable moan  29. The wicked life of Captain Harrison  30. The earl’s fatal stroke

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Ken MacMillan is Professor of History at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he researches and teaches about law and society in early modern England. He is the author of Death and Disorder: A History of Early Modern England, 1485–1690 (2020).