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Mansions of Misery - A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison (Hardcover) Loot Price: R383
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Mansions of Misery - A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison (Hardcover): Jerry White
Mansions of Misery - A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison (Hardcover): Jerry White

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Mansions of Misery - A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison (Hardcover)

Jerry White

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Selected as a Book of the Year by BBC History Magazine For Londoners of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, debt was a part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you might be thrown into one of the capital's most notorious jails: the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison. The Marshalsea became a byword for misery; in the words of one of its inmates, it was `hell in epitome'. But the prison was also a microcosm of London life and it housed a colourful range of characters, including Charles Dickens's father. The experience haunted the writer, who went on to immortalise the Marshalsea in his work, most memorably in Little Dorrit. In Mansions of Misery, acclaimed chronicler of the capital Jerry White introduces us to the Marshalsea's unfortunate prisoners - rich and poor; men and women; spongers, fraudsters and innocents. We get to know the trumpeter John Grano who wined and dined with the prison governor and continued to compose music whilst other prisoners were tortured and starved to death. We meet the bare-knuckle fighter known as the Bold Smuggler, who fell on hard times after being beaten by the Chelsea Snob. And then there's Joshua Reeve Lowe, who saved Queen Victoria from assassination in Hyde Park in 1820, but whose heroism couldn't save him from the Marshalsea. Told through these extraordinary lives, Mansions of Misery gives us a fascinating and unforgettable cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s.

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Imprint: The Bodley Head Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2016
Authors: Jerry White
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 37mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 364
ISBN-13: 978-1-84792-302-8
Barcode: 9781847923028
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Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history
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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment > Prisons
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 1-84792-302-X

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