The New Newgate Calendar

Early Modern Prisons

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Exploring gaols, bridewells and other forms of detention, 1500-1800

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Radicalism, Respectability, and the Case of the Imprisoned Politician

We are delighted to publish this guest post by John Owen Havard, Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University,... • posted 34 days ago

Contested records: writing, custom and conflict in early modern prisons

The following post is based on a paper presented at “Writing Prisons: Literature and Constraint in Early Modern England,”... • posted 68 days ago

England’s Island Prisons

 We are delighted to publish this guest post by David Cressy,  who is Research Professor in Arts and Humanities... • posted 84 days ago

Rethinking the meaning of imprisonment in the 1690s

  What does it mean to be a prisoner? Most of us today would cite confinement within bars or walls as a defining characteristic.... • posted 103 days ago