Criminal Women 1850-1920

Researching the Lives of Britain’s Female Offenders

Lucy Williams, Barry Godfrey

Women are among the hardest individuals to trace through the historical record and this is especially true of female offenders who had a vested interest in not wanting to be found. That is why this thought-provoking and accessible handbook by Lucy Williams and Barry Godfrey is of such value. It looks beyond the crimes and the newspaper reports of w
Date Published :
July 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
30 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526718617
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Women are among the hardest individuals to trace through the historical record and this is especially true of female offenders who had a vested interest in not wanting to be found. That is why this thought-provoking and accessible handbook by Lucy Williams and Barry Godfrey is of such value. It looks beyond the crimes and the newspaper reports of women criminals in the Victorian era in order to reveal the reality of their personal and penal journeys, and it provides a guide for researchers who are keen to explore this intriguing and neglected subject.

The book is split into three sections. There is an introduction outlining the historical context for the study of female crime and punishment, then a series of real-life case studies which show in a vivid way the complexity of female offenders’ lives and follows them through the penal system. The third section is a detailed guide to archival and online sources that readers can consult in order to explore the life-histories of criminal women.

The result is a rare combination of academic guide and how-to-do-it manual. It introduces readers to the latest research in the field and it gives them all the information they need to carry out their own research.

About The Author
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Lucy Williams is an experienced researcher with a PhD from the University of Liverpool. She specialises in the history of crime, women and gender, and the social history of the nineteenth century. For more than three years she has been part of the ‘Digital Panopticon’, a project tracing 90,000 men and women from London either imprisoned in England or transported to Australia. It is her work on this project which inspired Convicts in the Colonies. Her first book, Wayward Women, was published with Pen and Sword in 2016.

Professor Barry Godfrey is Professor of Social Justice at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China. Among his many publications are _Crime, Wartime and Control: Protecting the Population of a Blitzed City, 1939-1945_ (with P. Adey and David Cox), _Victorian Convicts: 100 Criminal Lives_ (with Helen Johnston and David Cox) and _Crime and Justice Since 1750_ (with Paul Lawrence).

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