Social & Industrial History
Commune, Country and Commonwealth
The People of Cirencester, 1117-1643
Covering the centuries between Magna Carta and the English Revolution, and connecting local and national history, Rollison's social and political study focuses on Cirencester, a town that made significant interventions in national constitutional development.
An Historical Miscellany
In the British Library lurks a 94-volume collection of newspaper clippings compiled over a period of 60 years by Francis Cox (1752-1834) and covering a vast array of subjects (eg. 'Extraordinary Sagacity of Rats', 'An Account of a Maccaroni' [sic], 'Bathing Trusses', 'The National Debt'). Simon Murphy has selected the strangest and most amusing of these articles to create an intriguing historical miscellany.
Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760–1914
The Courts of Popular Opinion
Examining ‘unofficial justice as visited upon malefactors by the collective actions of private citizens’, Stephen Banks gives a scholarly account of public shaming rituals, or ‘rough music’, and the punishments imposed for crimes such as wife-beating or informing.