Moral Panics, the Media and the Law in Early Modern England

Hardcover | January 15, 2010

EditorDavid Lemmings, Claire Walker

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This book explores and exemplifies some of the subtler links between opinion, governance and law in early modern England by investigating moral panics. Modern media-driven 'law and order' panics may have originated in eighteenth-century England, with the development of the press and government sensibility to opinion, but there were earlier panics about witchcraft and popery. Essays by an experienced team of scholars discuss broadly episodes of moral panic before and after 1689, and consider their implications for changes in governance.

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This book explores and exemplifies some of the subtler links between opinion, governance and law in early modern England by investigating moral panics. Modern media-driven 'law and order' panics may have originated in eighteenth-century England, with the development of the press and government sensibility to opinion, but there were ear...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.63 × 5.66 × 0.94 inPublished:January 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230527329

ISBN - 13:9780230527324

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Law and Order, Moral Panics, and Early Modern England--D.Lemmings&C.Walker
The Concept of the Moral Panic: An Historico-Sociological Positioning--D.Rowe
Jesuited Papists: Anti-Catholic Anxiety and the Society of Jesus in Elizabethan England--A.Walsham
Fear made Flesh: The English Witch Panic of 1645-47--M.Gaskill
Transvestism Denounced: The Moral Panic about Cross-dressed Women in Early Stuart London--N.E.Wright
'A New Narrative of the Old Plot': Catholics and Moral Panics in 1678--C.Walker
Moral Panics about Popery in the Reign of James II: the French and Irish Dimensions--T.Harris
Forgers and Forgery: Severity and Social Identity in Eighteenth-Century Justice--R.McGowen
London Crime and the Press in the 1720s and 1780s--D.Lemmings
'How frail are Lovers vows, and Dicers oaths': Gaming, Governing and Moral Panic in Britain, 1781-1782--D.Andrew
A Moral Panic in London, c. 1790: 'The Monster' and the Press--C.McCreery
A Reign of Terror? The British Jacobin Panic and the Rule of Law during the 1790s--M.Davis
Conclusion--D.Lemmings&C.Walker