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Murder in Early Modern England (HIH1042)

15 credits

This module examines murder in early modern England. By focusing on this single crime – how it was treated in law in its various dimensions (infanticide, husband/wife murder, self-murder, judicial murder etc.) and how these were represented in popular culture – this module explores in depth the significance of this crime in the early modern world. This module will introduce you to the analysis of original sources – and their uses and limitations in the understanding of the past. As such it does not seek to present a fully comprehensive history of crime, nor can it cover all the many sources that might be looked at for its study. Instead, the module looks at a representative sample of different types of source ranging from published printed accounts of trials, newspaper reports, plays, pamphlets and ballads to examine this most serious of crimes in detail. No prior knowledge or experience is required for this module.