Early modern crime links

Thanks to Sharon’s comment I now know the locations of lots of juicy online documents. At this very moment I am jumping up and down and getting all excited about Virtual Norfolk. Let’s see now, what else is there. . .

Ah ha, we have the Powys digital history project. That looks good.

There’s also lots of good stuff on Gathering the Jewels. Some of these websites are vaguely familiar to me, but I was always so busy with the thesis that I never looked at them properly.

There’s hours of fun in the Newgate calendar. Also a reference that might interest Harry Potter fans.

The first line of this extract from Ralph Josselin’s diary made me giggle. I don’t know if the drunkard was a friend of his. My first picture was of a very tottery male stranger just wandering in.

Bewail the horridness of this one.

Oh my. I still don’t know what Cony Catcher means though. Is Cony= rabbit = coniglio?

I’ve managed to answer my question of this morning, although I’m not going to say exactly how because it might not work. It’s a method that allows me to learn, rearrange and re-present. It’s not conventional scholarship but I couldn’t expect to do that in these new areas without access to books. 

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5 Responses to “Early modern crime links”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Good question – I knew it meant a cheat or fraudster or swindler (although it was also used to describe a rabbit catcher), but I didn’t know why. So I looked it up in the OED: the ‘conies’ are the cheat’s dupes, and this usage was coined in 1591 by Robert Greene. .

  2. Passante Says:

    Yes, cony originally meant rabbit. Latin “cuniculus” gave Italian “coniglio.” I vaguely remember that there’s a derivative of the Latin in Old French, but I forget what it is. Since French was spoken in the English court, my guess is the English development probably came through French.

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