As the place where prisoners, male and female, awaited trial, execution or transportation Newgate was Britain’s most feared gaol for over 700 years. It probably best known today from the novels of Charles Dickens including Barnaby Rudge and Great Expectations.
But there is much is more to Newgate than nineteenth century notoriety. In the seventeenth century it saw the exploits of legendary escaper and thief Jack Sheppard. Author Daniel Defoe who was imprisoned there for seditious libel, playwright Ben Jonson for murder, the Captain Kidd for piracy were among its most famous inmates.
This book takes you from the gaols 12th century beginnings to its final closure in 1904 and looks at daily life, developments in the treatment of prisoners from the use of torture to penal reform as well as major events in its history.”
I am a huge lover of historical non fiction and true crime so obviously this book was just made for me!
I thought that it was a well researched book that was told informally enough to make it an interesting read and you weren’t drowned in footnotes, quotes and historical references.
It covered a long period of time and also featured famous people that have spend time within Newgate Prison. Thoroughly enjoyable read and it is 5 stars from me!!