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AbstractThis paper uses judicial records of the Sheriffs’ Court of London and the royal Court of Common Pleas at Westminster to investigate whether the concept of a later medieval ‘Golden Age’ of female opportunity, as Caroline Barron has posited, is indicated by London’s legal customs, as...
AbstractIn 1754, the City of London Corporation began legal proceedings against Allen Evans and Alexander Sheafe to enforce payment of their fines for failing to act as the City’s sheriffs. This article argues that this was not a simple case of debt collection, or even of the City’s need to...
AbstractIf women in London in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries sought the perfect crime in which to participate, selecting receiving stolen goods provided excellent opportunities for profit and little chance of punishment. Low conviction rates, combined with the fact that no...
AbstractThis paper is the first work to explore the cases of the small number of identifiable Jewish women tried for infanticide at the Central Criminal Court between 1890 and 1918. Although the Jewish population of London (and indeed Britain) was facing increasing anti-immigrant and racist...
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