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Crime and Punishment in the Long Nineteenth Century (HI398)


Module Leader

Dr Sarah Richardson
Phone: 024 765 23417 (internal extension 23417)
Office: Room 335, third floor of the Humanities Building

Principal Aims




Crime and Punishment in the Long Nineteenth-Century

For class...

In the sitting-room, which is nearly always full, the first thing that strikes [you] on entrance is […] the criminal type of all the faces […] The low mental organisation which one always finds associated with crime in the common run of criminals, the small head, narrow and receding forehead, and restless furtive eyes are at Broadmoor intensified, and in most cases accompanied with a weakly, undersized physical development. Small ill-formed heads, narrow, stooping shoulders, weak limbs, and the shuffling hesitating gait, are the rule among them.

‘A Visit to the Criminal Lunatic Asylum’, The Times, 13 January 1865

Revision seminars will be held in week 2:

Thursday 4th May (H355), 10-12 - Gobbets

Friday 5th May (H303), 10-12 - Sections B & C

Please could you read the following:

James & Anna B - Transportation databases (Queensland and Ireland-Australia)

Rachel, Robin & Lewis - Old Bailey

Dan & Ellie - James Vaux

Alice & Helen - George Barrington

Ella & Victoria - Molesworth

Kieran & Anna S - Parliamentary Papers

Please could everyone look at an Old Bailey trial involving insanity or the insanity plea - considering in particular how the defendant was diagnosed as insane (or not).

Then at the following sources:

Yetunde and Oliver B - Hume

Charlotte and James - Queen v McNaghten

Louisa and Aksana - Davey

Izzy and Blessing - Fraser's magazine

Mikka and Oliver R-J - Forbes Winslow

Allemat, Amie, Abi and Zoe - Broadmoor rules and Bethlem records (note not all the latter are digitised. The ones that are have 'Image' next to them in the catalgoue. eg see:

Dear All,

The new issue of Past and Present has an article on moral panic by Robert Shoemaker (co-creator of Old Bailey online) which may be of interest: