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The Clerkenwell Riot
The Killing of Constable Culley

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ISBN 9781032030784
March 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1967, examines the implications of a now-forgotten minor riot that occurred in 1833, a turbulent year with the working classes striving for recognition in a changing social order. A political meeting in London had been declared illegal, the police breaking up the crowd were met with resistance, and in the fracas a policeman was stabbed to death. A bad-tempered inquest followed, at which the jury returned a verdict of justified killing – for which a section of the public hailed them as heroes. This analysis sets the crime and verdict against the political protests of the time.

Table of Contents

1. Reform!  2. Mobs and Counter-Mobs  3. Skirmishes  4. Unlawful Assembly  5. The Affray  6. Aftermath  7. A Remarkable Inquest  8. Some Lurid Testimony  9. Cross Purposes  10. An Interlude. Mr Smallwood’s Nemesis  11. The Fourth Day of the Inquest  12. The End of the Inquest  13. After the Verdict  14. Another Political Meeting  15. The Trial of George Fursey  16. Celebrations  17. Assessment of the Affray

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