Women’s History at the Old Bailey Online

March is Women’s History Month, so here are some links/resources, and a reading list of publications that use the Old Bailey Online as a source, highlighting the richness of the Old Bailey Online as source material for women’s and gender history from the late 17th to early 20th centuries.

As you can see from the variety of topics, it’s not just about criminals – the Old Bailey Online can be used to research a wide range of subjects, including material and popular culture, medicine, childbirth and motherhood, and women’s work.

OBO Resources

Blog Posts and Online Essays

Scholarly Publications

  • Callahan, Kathy, ‘On the Receiving End: Women and Stolen Goods in London 1783‐1815’, The London Journal, 37 (2012)
  • Cheney, Deborah, ‘Dr Mary Louisa Gordon (1861–1941): A Feminist Approach in Prison’, Feminist Legal Studies, 18 (2010)
  • Erickson, A. L, ‘Married Women’s Occupations in Eighteenth-century London’, Continuity and Change, 23 (2008)
  • Erickson, Amy Louise, ‘Eleanor Mosley and Other Milliners in the City of London Companies 1700–1750’, History Workshop Journal, 71 (2011)
  • Fennetaux, A., ‘Women’s Pockets and the Construction of Privacy in the Long Eighteenth Century’, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 20 (2008)
  • Grey, Daniel J. R., ‘“Almost Unknown Amongst the Jews”: Jewish Women and Infanticide in London 1890‐1918’, The London Journal, 37 (2012)
  • Harvey, Karen, ‘Barbarity in a Teacup? Punch, Domesticity and Gender in the Eighteenth Century’, Journal of Design History, 21 (2008), 205
  • Harvey, Karen, ‘Men Making Home: Masculinity and Domesticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Gender & History, 21 (2009), 520–540
  • Hurl-Eamon, J., ‘The Fiction of Female Dependence and the Makeshift Economy of Soldiers, Sailors, and Their Wives in Eighteenth-century London’, Labor History, 49 (2008)
  • Lemire, B., ‘Fashioning Global Trade: Indian Textiles, Gender Meanings and European Consumers, 1500-1800’, in How India Clothed the World: The World of South Asian Textiles, 1500-1850 (2009)
  • Meier, William M., ‘Going on the Hoist: Women, Work, and Shoplifting in London, Ca. 1890–1940’, Journal of British Studies, 50 (2011)
  • Morgan, Gwenda, and Peter Rushton, ‘Fraud and Freedom: Gender, Identity and Narratives of Deception Among the Female Convicts in Colonial America’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34 (2011)
  • Pegg, Samantha, ‘“Madness Is a Woman”: Constance Kent and Victorian Constructions of Female Insanity’, Liverpool Law Review, 30 (2009)
  • Saxton, Kirsten T., Narratives of Women and Murder in England, 1680-1760: Deadly Plots (2009)
  • Shoemaker, Robert B., ‘Print and the Female Voice: Representations of Women’s Crime in London, 1690–1735’, Gender & History, 22 (2010)
  • Shore, H., ‘“The Reckoning”: Disorderly Women, Informing Constables and the Westminster Justices, 1727–33’, Social History, 34 (2009)
  • Tosney, N., ‘Women and “False Coining” in Early Modern London’, London Journal, 32 (2007)
  • Turner, D. M, ‘Popular Marriage and the Law: Tales of Bigamy at the Eighteenth-century Old Bailey’, London Journal, 30 (2005)
  • Williams, Samantha, ‘The Experience of Pregnancy and Childbirth for Unmarried Mothers in London, 1760–1866’, Women’s History Review, 20 (2011)
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