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The Resource Crime, courtrooms, and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, edited by David Lemmings

Crime, courtrooms, and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, edited by David Lemmings

Label
Crime, courtrooms, and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850
Title
Crime, courtrooms, and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850
Statement of responsibility
edited by David Lemmings
Creator
Editor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Modern criminal courts are characteristically the domain of lawyers, with trials conducted in an environment of formality and solemnity, where facts are found and legal rules are impartially applied to administer justice. Recent historical scholarship has shown that in England lawyers only began to appear in ordinary criminal trials during the eighteenth century, however, and earlier trials often took place in an atmosphere of noise and disorder, where the behaviour of the crowd - significant body language, meaningful looks, and audible comment - could influence decisively the decisions of jurors and judges. This collection of essays considers this transition from early scenes of popular participation to the much more orderly and professional legal proceedings typical of the nineteenth century, and links this with another important shift, the mushroom growth of popular news and comment about trials and punishments which occurred from the later seventeenth century. It hypothesizes that the popular participation which had been a feature of courtroom proceedings before the mid-eighteenth century was not stifled by 'lawyerization', but rather partly relocated to the 'public sphere' of the press, partly because of some changes connected with the work of the lawyers. Ranging from the early 1700s to the mid-nineteenth century, and taking account of criminal justice proceedings in Scotland, as well as England, the essays consider whether pamphlets, newspapers, ballads and crime fiction provided material for critical perceptions of criminal justice proceedings, or alternatively helped to convey the official 'majesty' intended to legitimize the law. In so doing the volume opens up fascinating vistas upon the cultural history of Britain's legal system over the 'long eighteenth century'"--provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lemmings, David
Dewey number
345.410109033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Criminal courts
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Crime
Label
Crime, courtrooms, and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, edited by David Lemmings
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Trials in print : narratives of rape trials in the proceedings of the old Bailey / Esther Snell -- 'Useful and entertaining to the generality of readers' : selecting the select trials, 1718-1764 / Andrea McKenzie -- Representing the adversary criminal trial : lawyers in the old Bailey proceedings, 1770-1800 / Robert Shoemaker -- Arts of public performance : barristers and actors in Georgian England / Simon Devereaux -- Negotiating justice in the new public sphere : crime, the courts, and the press in early eighteenth-century Britain / David Lemmings -- Contemplating the evil within : examining attitudes to criminality in Scotland, 1700-1840 / Anne-Marie Kilday -- Fiction or 'faction'? Literary representations of the early nineteenth-century criminal courtroom / Allyson N. May -- Publishing courtroom drama for the masses, 1820-1855 / Rosalind Crone
Control code
FIEb17381940
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9781409418030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)795687221
Label
Crime, courtrooms, and the public sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, edited by David Lemmings
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Trials in print : narratives of rape trials in the proceedings of the old Bailey / Esther Snell -- 'Useful and entertaining to the generality of readers' : selecting the select trials, 1718-1764 / Andrea McKenzie -- Representing the adversary criminal trial : lawyers in the old Bailey proceedings, 1770-1800 / Robert Shoemaker -- Arts of public performance : barristers and actors in Georgian England / Simon Devereaux -- Negotiating justice in the new public sphere : crime, the courts, and the press in early eighteenth-century Britain / David Lemmings -- Contemplating the evil within : examining attitudes to criminality in Scotland, 1700-1840 / Anne-Marie Kilday -- Fiction or 'faction'? Literary representations of the early nineteenth-century criminal courtroom / Allyson N. May -- Publishing courtroom drama for the masses, 1820-1855 / Rosalind Crone
Control code
FIEb17381940
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9781409418030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)795687221

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