The importance of Innocence and Virtue in the 18th Century

Ref: C3533301

For many living in poorer areas of London prostitution and crime were not so much a choice as a necessity. Life was short, especially for prostitutes, bunters and courtesans. It wasn’t just women who led a life of crime many young men also fell into crime, operating as padfoots, highwaymen or pirates, for those that were caught punishments were harsh. Prisons and houses of correction were set up all over London, most specialised in certain types of crime and prisoners, what they all had in common was their harsh conditions, whole families would be incarcerated and with little money would have little hope of getting out and leading a good life.

Course aim

The importance of Innocence and Virtue in the 18th Century An introduction to the importance of Innocence and Virtue during the long 18th Century. How young women tried to preserve their innocence while others tried to rob them of it.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • An understanding of some of the issues affecting young women and girls in the long eighteenth century
  • An introduction to the penal system of the long eighteenth century.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This course is an introduction and you will be provided with a list of useful further reading resources if you want to know more.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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The importance of Innocence and Virtue in the 18th Century

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