September 13, 2015

Conmen and Cutpurses

I decided that before I tackled Barnaby Rudge that I would get in the mood by familiarizing myself with some of the 18ᵗʰ century background. Barnaby was going to deal with assorted lowlifes, including the hangman, so I picked this volume to read.

The book identifies a number of offenders and groups them by the type of offense. Thieves constitute one group, pirates in another, prostitutes, murderers, and highwaymen in yet more groups. Some of the more interesting chapters:

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