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Prisoners and Gaolers in Early Modern England
Rachel Weil, Cornell University
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=FT-248894-16
Early Modern Prisons (created the entire website with one collaborator, ongoing posts) (Blog Post)
Title: Early Modern Prisons (created the entire website with one collaborator, ongoing posts)
Author: Rachel Weil
Author: Richard Bell
Abstract: Early Modern Prisons is a collective effort to find out what it was like to be locked up in the early modern period. We are interested in the economics and government of the prison, the fees, the food, how alcohol was sold, how news circulated, diseases, smells, sex, lice, irons, close confinement, charity, garnish, ancient privileges, violence, how prisoners organized and protested. We want to know what practices of detention tell us about contemporary notions of freedom and unfreedom, and how places of detention figure in the great early modern political debates about rights, tyranny, abuse, freedom and legality.
We are interested in all kinds of prisoners, from debtors to convicts, from prisoners of war to inmates of bridewells and plague houses.
Primary URL: http://earlymodernprisons.org
Website: Early Modern Prisons