This 30 CATS final-year Advanced Option module aims to introduce students to the methodological and theoretical issues involved in researching and writing on crime and punishment in Europe between c. 1500 and c. 1750. It serves both to encourage students to think in theoretical terms about the ways in which the experience of crime and punishment can be historically reconstructed and to expose them to the opportunities and problems presented by a variety of evidence. These sources include letters, diaries, broadsheets, pamphlets, newspapers, chronicles, histories, songs, plays, opera, engravings, woodcuts, paintings, and film as well as legislation and judicial records. The module draws on insights from neighbouring disciplines including anthropology, criminology, film studies, gender studies, history of art, law, literary criticism, politics, sociology and social theory.
Woodcut from A Wonder of Wonders (1651) depicting the hanging of Anne Greene.