Throughout the information is presented not as mere lists and not uncritically but with discussion of its scope, limitations, accessibility and context. Frequent extracts and quotations help to put flesh on the archival bones and bring out the human interest of the material, and there are a number of interesting illustrations. A certain bias may be observed towards the author's own location and research interests, not a serious fault since he shows how his methods can be applied elsewhere. England is not taken to mean Britain, other parts especially Scotland receiving a share of attention, if perhaps not quite an equal one: although repeated mention is made of suicide having been a crime until 1961, the fact that this was not the case in Scotland is unstated.
|A "great riot" at Newcastle in 1740|
as reported by the Gentleman's Magazine (p.125 of the book)
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