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Book Review: Alison Eatwell (2017) Crime, Clemency and Consequence in Britain 1821-1839: A Slice of Criminal Life, Barnsley, W. Yorkshire: Pen & Sword History.

10 January 2018

  Alison Eatwell has an easy narrative style which she uses to good effect in this study of early nineteenth-century petitions for clemency, which were laid before the Home...

Book Review: Same Sex Love

18 October 2017

Gill Rossini (2017) Same Sex Love: A History and Research Guide, Barnsley: Pen and Sword History It is 50 since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts between...

Book Review: Kate Summerscale, The Wicked Boy (2016) Bloomsbury

24 September 2016

Kate Summerscale tells the true-crime story of child murderer Robert Coombes. No author of historical crime-fiction could come up with a more credible storyline of sin and redemption....

Snail Water - and why.

21 June 2016

Dorothea Repp's 1703 recipe would delight any horrid little schoolboy. Snayle Water  Take a peck of Garden Snayles in the Shell, wash them well in Beer and take away their froth,...