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Vagrancy in law and practice under the old poor law [electronic resource] / Audrey Eccles.

By: Eccles, Audrey.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2012Description: 1 online resource (xii, 249 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781409404880 (electronic bk.); 1409404889 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Vagrancy -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | Contraventions (Criminal law) -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | Poor laws -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | LAW / Criminal Law / GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Vagrancy in law and practice under the old poor law.DDC classification: 345.42/024809033 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The history of vagrancy law -- Processing the vagrants -- Vagrancy law in practice -- Lying in upon the road -- Vagrancy law and coping with poor sick travellers -- The prosecution of vagrancy crime -- The punishment of vagrancy crime -- Offences within the 1744 vagrant act -- The causes of vagrancy.
Summary: Drawing on extensive archival research and in-depth study of both statute law and local administrative records, this book examines the complexities of vagrancy law and the realities of its practice during the long eighteenth century. As the first full-length study of vagrancy law and practice in the eighteenth century, this book will constitute an essential item in any collection of books on the old poor law.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-233) and index.

The history of vagrancy law -- Processing the vagrants -- Vagrancy law in practice -- Lying in upon the road -- Vagrancy law and coping with poor sick travellers -- The prosecution of vagrancy crime -- The punishment of vagrancy crime -- Offences within the 1744 vagrant act -- The causes of vagrancy.

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Drawing on extensive archival research and in-depth study of both statute law and local administrative records, this book examines the complexities of vagrancy law and the realities of its practice during the long eighteenth century. As the first full-length study of vagrancy law and practice in the eighteenth century, this book will constitute an essential item in any collection of books on the old poor law.

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