Roguery in Print

September 2019
6 black and white, 3 line illustrations
224 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History
ISBN: 9781783274406
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS015000, HIS037040, LIT004120

Roguery in Print

Crime and Culture in Early Modern London

Lena Liapi

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 seventeenth centuries, 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.

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Table of Contents

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

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