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I am publishing through August on Pandaemonium a series of extracts from my books on the theme of historical fears of the masses and of democracy. 2,847 more words

Philosophy & Ethics


Many are familiar with the nursery rhyme about a young man named Simon who meets a pieman going to the fair.

Simple Simon met a…

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Prison Memoirs: Twelve Months in Tothill Fields Prison.

On the 28th March 1881 Susan Willis Fletcher was found guilty of obtaining a quantity of jewellery by means of deception and fraud, through the practise of spiritualism. 584 more words

Women's work, at Brixton Prison.

The practise of transporting convicts to the penal colonies served a number of purposes. It relieved the financial burden of housing prisoners and also removed the need of reintroducing prisoners back into society upon release. 512 more words

Winkles, Loneliness and Treats in Nineteenth Century London

A common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) shell

I’ve been analyzing a series of samples from a large post-medieval soakaway/ cesspit feature associated with a house on the margin of the City of London. 416 more words


The Cockney Novelists | Spitalfields Life

Originally posted on Spitalfields Life.

The ‘Cockney’ – that is the born East Ender – has long since been a regular figure in fiction. Originally, in appearances from Jacobean plays to mid-nineteenth century sporting fiction, the type was not working-class. 146 more words

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