THE UNFORTUNATE DEATHS OF JONATHAN WILD
Being the first volume of the Memoirs of Pascal Bonenfant together with extracts from the diary of Rose Verney
by Stephen Hart
It is 1724 and master-criminal Jonathan Wild runs the London underworld. Working both sides of law he grows rich while his rivals hang.
Two young thieves in his organisation - Pascal Bonenfant and his friend Todd - rob a priest of his valuable ritual objects on Wild's orders.
But this is no ordinary priest. Through the use of black magic the Reverend Breakspear is attempting to live forever and he desperately needs these items back.
A war breaks out between Jonathan Wild and the priest, and Pascal and Todd and the woman they both love get caught up in the storm.
Horrors that don't belong in our reality start to appear at Breakspear's command.
With nowhere to run and no place to hide, the only option is to choose a side and fight and maybe, with luck, retain life and sanity.
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A Gentleman's Guide to the Language of Rogues in Georgian London
by Stephen Hart
Visiting the Underworld of Georgian London but not sure how to blend in?
Can't tell a clapperdogeon from a running smobbler?
Wouldn't recognise the upright man if he noped your costard with his filchman?
You need this book.
This fascinating guide will teach you all you need to know about the vocabulary of the Rogues of Georgian London and how to function in society at the lowest level.
Along the way you will acquire some much-needed information and advice on how to make false dice; how to pick pockets; how best to rob a man on a horse; and where to find a good cup of coffee at 3:00am in the morning.
An invaluable resource for any gentleman.
Disclaimer: the MOBI format used by Amazon does not handle tables very well so, depending on your device, you may see some oddly formatted vocabulary lists in that version. This problem does not occur with the EPUB version used by Kobo and iTunes.
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An Account of the Fourteen late Popish Malefactors
by Samuel Smith, Ordinary of Newgate
The Reverend Samuel Smith was the Ordinary (Chaplain) of Newgate Prison from 1676 until 1698. He produced many fascinating accounts of the last days of condemned criminals, usually in pamphlet form but also in booklets like this one.
In 1679 when the booklet was published, anti-Catholic sentiment was at a height in England. All the condemned belong to the Roman Catholic faith. The Anglican Smith attempts with little success to bring them to see the error of their ways before their final hour.
I have added a commentary with some historical background and notes explaining some of the more obscure terms.
Note: Samuel Smith's account is public domain although my editorial comments are not. You can find a rather poor OCR via Google books or you can read my transcription here