By David John Cox
Criminal circumstances supply us a desirable, usually harrowing perception into crime and the felony brain, into policing tools and the justice approach. additionally they let us know a lot approximately social stipulations and attitudes long ago. And such instances make soaking up analyzing. David Cox's photograph account of sixteen infamous circumstances in Shrewsbury and round Shropshire is a very robust and revealing examine of this sort. utilizing newspaper experiences, census returns and court docket files, he reconstructs each one case in bright aspect. whilst he appears into the heritage of the crimes and into the lives of the criminals, and he describes the tools of detection and the punishments that have been imposed. The instances he is selected diversity in date from the medieval interval to the 20 th century. integrated are the case of the forger who had his ear nailed to a publish, the daddy who killed his youngster son with vitriol, the transportation of a 70-year-old girl, the homicide of an inmate in a lunatic asylum, a...
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Instead, whilst hopefully engaging readers’ attention with sixteen cases that cover many types of crime over an extensive chronological period, I have sought to relate each of the cases to wider developments in the history of criminal detection, justice and punishment in England. , in order to provide a wide cross-section of foul deeds and suspicious deaths from around Shrewsbury and Shropshire. Cases detailed in the book include arson, bigamy, fraud, imposture, infanticide, and several murders, together with often reprehensible and occasionally atrocious behaviour by the forces of justice and law and order.
Author’s collection From 1811-1813 the Bank made further attempts to alleviate the problem by introducing Bank Tokens in both one shilling and three shillings and sixpence denominations – in a similar manner to the stamped Spanish dollars, these tokens had a face value greater than that of their metal content. The tokens totalled a face value of £1,919,556 18s. 6d. Unfortunately the situation with regard to the provision of small denomination continued to worsen throughout the Napoleonic wars and it was widely reported that ‘such Bank tokens invariably disappeared after their first circulation’.
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