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Rethinking the meaning of imprisonment in the 1690s

7 September 2017

  What does it mean to be a prisoner? Most of us today would cite confinement within bars or walls as a defining characteristic. But this was not necessarily the case in the early...

The persistent presence of the eighteenth century female debtor

2 August 2017

We’re pleased to present the following guest post by Alex Wakelam, a doctoral student in the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure studying eighteenth-century...

Further Thoughts on Coroner’s Inquests into Deaths in Custody

17 July 2017

Last week we cross-posted Krista Kesselring’s essay on early modern coroner’s inquests into prisoner deaths, which originally appeared on the blog Legal History Miscellany....

Early Modern Coroners’ Inquests into Deaths in Custody

13 July 2017

We are delighted to share this post by Krista Kesselring, Professor of History at Dalhousie University. It originally appeared on the Legal History Miscellany blog on July 9, 2017....