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040 _aAU@
020 _a9781847923028 (hardback)
020 _a184792302X (hardback)
035 _a(OCoLC)958941532
043 _ae-uk-en
082 0 4 _a365.9421
100 1 _aWhite, Jerry,
245 1 0 _aMansions of misery :
_ba biography of the Marshalsea debtors' prison /
_cJerry White.
246 3 0 _aBiography of the Marshalsea debtors' prison.
264 1 _aLondon
_bBodley Head,
264 4 _c©2016
300 _axvii, 364 pages :
_billustrations, maps ;
_c24 cm.
336 _atext
336 _astill image
336 _acartographic image
337 _aunmediated
338 _avolume
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
520 _aThe 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. This book 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, This book gives us a fascinating and unforgettable cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s.
610 2 0 _aMarshalsea Prison (Southwark, London, England)
650 0 _aPrisons
_y18th century.
651 0 _aLondon (England)
_y18th century.
651 0 _aLondon (England)
_xSocial conditions
_y18th century.
651 0 _aLondon (England)
_xSocial life and customs
_y18th century.
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