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AbstractThis article uses evidence from the Old Bailey Proceedings to re-assess eighteenth-century London's reputation as a 'magnet for bigamists'. Examining the changing pattern of indictments and the motives of prosecutors, it questions current historical views on bigamy that argue that it was...
AbstractThe Old Bailey Proceedings can reveal far more than the bigamy and violence typically understood to be a prominent feature of soldiers' and sailors' marriages. This article looks at a wide variety of eighteenth-century criminal cases to offer a much broader picture of military marriage....
AbstractTrials for sodomitical offences at the Old Bailey provide evidence not only for a gay subculture and a collective gay identity in the 'molly houses' of eighteenth-century London, but also for a personal homosexual identity among 'sodomites' and 'indorsers' whose activity seems limited...
AbstractThe fact that seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Newgate chaplains have laboured under an almost universally bad press has tended to obscure the larger cultural purchase of the Ordinary's Account of the confessions and speeches of the malefactors executed at Tyburn. Given the...
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