This book explores the relationship between crime, law and popular culture in Europe from the sixteenth century onwards. How was crime understood and dealt with by ordinary people and to what degree did they resort to or reject the official law and criminal justice system as a means of dealing with different forms of criminal activity?

Overall, the volume will serve to illuminate how experiences of and attitudes to crime and the law may have corresponded or differed in different locations and contexts as well as contributing to a wider understanding of popular culture and consciousness in early modern and modern Europe.

chapter |31 pages


ByRichard Mc Mahon

chapter |22 pages

Royal justice, popular culture and violence

Homicide in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Castile 1
ByRudy Chaulet

chapter |52 pages

‘For fear of the vengeance'

The prosecution of homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland
ByRichard Mc Mahon

chapter |23 pages

‘A second Ireland'?

Crime and popular culture in nineteenth-century Wales
ByRichard W. Ireland