Crime and Society in England, 1500-1800 (HIH2203A)

30 credits

This course focuses on crime, criminals and the law in early modern England, providing an exciting insight into society in this period. It has four elements: how the legal system worked; trends in the main categories of crime; differences in types of criminals (in the countryside or towns, between men and women); and how contemporaries thought about crime, feared it and tried to understand it. It uses several large on-line resources, notably Old Bailey On-Line and British History On-Line. These will allow you to research types of crime first-hand, compare them to historians’ interpretations and to discuss these findings in seminars.