Friday, October 06, 2006

Proceedings of the Old Bailey

Proceedings of the Old Bailey. This site has large body of texts containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court from 1674 to 1834. Or, as the top of the index page notes, "A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."

In addition to having a fully searchable interface for the proceedings, there is also additional information dealing with the proceedings and articles which provide a historical context for the legal cases. Cases can be searched by punishment as well including death:burned at the stake, death: drawn and quartered, and death: hanging in chains.

A nice feature is a case of the day. When I visited, a 1773 was highlighted, "Richard Ryder was allegedly cheated of ?10 by John O'Connor and John Alsibrook in a rigged game of cribbage." A link to the proceedings for this case is of course included. This is an excellent primary resource and I hope it gets a lot of visitors.

1 comment:

d said...

Holy cow . . . this is going to ruin my life. What a fantastic resource.... Thanks!