examines the way in which law worked in practice in later seventeenth
century northern England. It is an historical reconstruction, a detective
story. The participants, robbers, burglars, coin-clippers and Daniel
Fleming, the Justice who prosecuted them, come alive in the documents.
We learn about the inter-section between the criminal law and ordinary
life in the period.
of contents is as follows.
the Rediscovery of Violence
1. 'A Black
and Terrible Troop'
Stoutest Deed that ever Man Did'
the Hue and Cry
and Formidable Felons'
Trials and Legends
English Violence in Context