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Accidents and violent death in early modern London, 1650-1750, Craig Spence

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Accidents and violent death in early modern London, 1650-1750
Title
Accidents and violent death in early modern London, 1650-1750
Statement of responsibility
Craig Spence
Title variation
Accidents & Violent Death in Early Modern London
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Language
eng
Summary
Between the mid-seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries more than 15,000 Londoners suffered sudden violent deaths. While this figure includes around 3,000 who were murdered or committed suicide, the vast majority of fatalities resulted from accidents. In the early modern period, accidental and 'disorderly' deaths - from drowning, falls, stabbing, shooting, fires, explosions, suffocation, animals and vehicles, among other causes - were a regular feature of urban life and left a significant mark in the archival records of the period.<BR> This book provides the first substantive critical study of the early modern accident, revealing and chronicling the lives - and deaths - of hundreds of otherwise unknown Londoners. Drawing on the weekly London Bills of Mortality, parish burial registers, newspapers and other related documents, it examines accidents and other forms of violent death in the city with a view to understanding who among its residents encountered such events, how the bureaucracy recorded and elaborated their circumstances and why they did so, and what practical responses might follow. Through a systematic review of the character of accidents, medical and social interventions, and changing attitudes toward the regulation of hazards across the metropolis, it establishes the historical significance of the accident and shows how, as the eighteenth century progressed, providential explanations gave way to a more rational viewpoint that saw certain accident events as threats to be managed rather than misfortunes to be explained. Additionally, the book explores how knowledge of such incidents was transformed to become a recurring cultural trope in oral, textual and visual narratives of metropolitan life, thereby opening a window to the way in which sudden death and violent injury was understood by early modern mentalities.<BR><BR> CRAIG SPENCE is Senior Lecturer in History at Bishop Grosseteste University
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UkCbUP
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Spence, Craig
Dewey number
304.6/40942109032
Index
index present
LC call number
DA681
LC item number
.S64 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Studies in early modern cultural, political and social history
Series volume
volume 25
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  • Accidents
  • Violent deaths
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
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Accidents and violent death in early modern London, 1650-1750, Craig Spence
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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CR9781782049005
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 273 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781783271351
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
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remote
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Accidents and violent death in early modern London, 1650-1750, Craig Spence
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 11 Aug 2017)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
CR9781782049005
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 273 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781783271351
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote

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