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Mansions of misery : a biography of the Marshalsea debtors' prison / Jerry White.

Author:
White, Jerry, 1949- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • London : The Bodley Head, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
xvii, 364 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Summary note:
The Marshalsea became a byword for misery; in the words of one of its inmates, it was hell in epitome. But the prison was also a microcosm of London life and it housed a colourful range of characters, including Charles Dickens's father. This book introduces us to the Marshalsea's unfortunate prisoners, rich and poor; men and women; spongers, fraudsters and innocents. We get to know the trumpeter John Grano who wined and dined with the prison governor and continued to compose music whilst other prisoners were tortured and starved to death. We meet the bare-knuckle fighter known as the Bold Smuggler, who fell on hard times after being beaten by the Chelsea Snob. And then there's Joshua Reeve Lowe, who saved Queen Victoria from assassination in Hyde Park in 1820, but whose heroism couldn't save him from the Marshalsea. Told through these extraordinary lives, This book gives us a fascinating and unforgettable cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-350) and index.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
History.
Other title(s):
Biography of the Marshalsea debtors' prison.
ISBN:
  • 9781847923028 ((hardback))
  • 184792302X ((hardback))
OCLC:
958941532
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