What was it like to be a prisoner in Georgian London? At a recent London Historians gathering, I had the opportunity to listen to several papers about English prison life, old and new in, “Crime and Punishment – The Capital in the Clink”.
Question: “Far from being exceptionally aggressive and masterful, the rulers of Victorian Britain were generally reluctant imperialists.” How justified is this view?
Tom Wareham examines the role played by a legendary yet ill-fated pirate in the consolidation of England’s early trading empire.
While it may be claimed that contemporary practice offers drug treatments and a wide range of therapeutic interventions unimaginable 150 years ago, it could also be argued that for all the advances in care and treatment the quality of life that patients experienced in the 19th century was, to some extent, superior.