Chronicles of Bow Street Police-Office: Volume 1

Chronicles of Bow Street Police-Office: Volume 1 : With an Account of the Magistrates, 'Runners', and Police; and a Selection of the Most Interesting Cases

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Percy Fitzgerald (1834-1925) was a prolific author, critic, painter and sculptor. He was born in Ireland and attended Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, and then Trinity College Dublin. When he moved to London, he became a contributor to Charles Dickens' periodical Household Words. This two-volume work, published in 1888, gives a stirring account of the work of London's eighteenth-century law enforcers, the Bow Street Runners. Drawing on records of criminal cases, it tells how magistrates Henry Fielding and his blind half-brother Sir John Fielding helped to set up the Runners. Their actions dramatically reduced violent crime in the city and paved the way for the modern police force. Volume 1 covers the formation of the Runners and introduces the key players in the successes that followed. It also describes a number of fascinating incidents that are variously tragic, amusing or more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 b/w illus.
  • 1139095293
  • 9781139095297

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Preface; 1. Bow Street; 2. Henry Fielding and Sir John Fielding; 3. Cases before Sir John; 4. The Bow Street forces; 5. The Police system; 6. Office eccentricities; 7. Morning at Bow Street; 8. Eccentricity; 9. Duels and gaming-house raids; more

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