Friday, February 18, 2011

Spotlight on the Internet - Old Bailey Online

Bigamy,  28th June 1676
"A Country fellow was tried for having two Wives ; the first he married neer Tame in Oxfordshire, and liv'd with her several years, and had two pretty children (a Boy and a Girl) which were brought into Court to see the wickedness of the Father: After that ..."

For those of you teaching British literature, you may be interested in this primary source of social history.

Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

"A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."