By 1800 there were over 250 crimes for which the penalty was death by hanging and constituted what came to be called the ‘Bloody Code’. Throughout the Eighteenth Century, in response to increased criminality (real and perceived) the State imposing harsh punishments meant to serve as a deterrent, strove to maintain law and order. The fate of many of the condemned was recorded as a warning in the Malefactors Register and later in the Newgate Calendar.Views: 724 | Enquiries: 0
I have a Humanities degree from Bristol Polytechnic and subsequently qualified as a teacher in Further Education. I have been interested in history for as long as I can remember and enjoy demolishing popular historical myths. I have delivered courses on a wide range of historical subjects (hopefully with enthusiasm and humour) at Peterborough City College, Stamford Arts Centre, the Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham and also to a wide variety of local groups and societies for some twenty years. In answer to the question ‘What is your favourite period of history?’ I would be most likely to say “Just the last 3,250 years”. Since 2006 I have given a series of lectures for Peterborough Museum and participated in historical re-enactments and guided tours. I am currently engaged in research for a book on Bosworth Field and co-writing a history of Peterborough, both of which it is hoped will be published eventually.
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