Roguery in Print
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207 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

6 b/w. 3 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History

Imprint: Boydell Press

Roguery in Print

Crime and Culture in Early Modern London

by Lena Liapi

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The first comprehensive analysis of an extensive body of rogue pamphlets published in early modern London.
Early modern England was fascinated by the figure of the rogue. The rogue, who could be a beggar or vagrant but also a cutpurse, conman, card sharp, and all-round 'trickster' or even a highwayman, appeared in a variety of texts including plays, ballads, romances, sermons, proclamations, and pamphlets. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of an extensive body of rogue pamphlets published in London between the late sixteenth and late seventeenthcenturies, a period which saw a burst of publications about criminals. It examines how the figure of the rogue and rogue pamphlets developed and how the pamphlets both reflected and affected readers' perceptions of crime and morality against a backdrop of dramatic urban growth. The book reveals that rogue pamphlets were part of a wider range of popular literature which dealt with London and its early modern transformations and that they were not static representations of criminality but were shaped by the changing cultural expectations of authors, publishers, and readers. Drawing on cutting-edge research, this study represents a timely contribution to the history of the book and early modern print culture, the cultural history of crime, and the socio-cultural history of London.

LENA LIAPI teaches early modern history at Keele University.
Introduction: Rogues and their Historians
Cheap Print and Rogue Pamphlets
Laughter, Tricksters, and Good Fellows
Trust, Sociability, and Criminal Networks
Turning Cavaliers into Rogues: Crime and Polemic in the Interregnum
Epilogue: Rogue Pamphlets after 1670
Bibliography
Index
"For any student of seventeenth century social life, especially in the capital, this is a valuable resource, not only for its content but the references to previous work in the literature of the time." FACHRS NEWSLETTER
"Lena Liapi offers several new and compelling interpretations of the rogue literature phenomenon...a persuasive analysis of that literature, which could be applied to a wide range of texts beyond the limits of an artificially-constructed genre." REVIEWS IN HISTORY
"Liapi makes a compelling argument that rogue pamphlets can be read as a festive and merry genre, one that both celebrated and satirized the pleasures and dangers of urban life, probably attracting ordinary readers who were happy to laugh at others' mishaps." Eleanor Hubbard, Journal of British Studies

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Title Details

207 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

6 b/w. 3 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History

Imprint: Boydell Press