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MANSIONS OF MISERY: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison by Jerry White Out in paperback today!

5 October 2017

For Londoners of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, debt was a part of everyday life. But when your creditors lost their patience, you risked being thrown into one of the capital’s most notorious jails: the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison.

Told through the extraordinary lives of the Marshalsea’s unfortunate prisoners – the bare-knuckle fighter known as the Bold Smuggler, the wining-and-dining trumpeter John Grano, the man who saved Queen Victoria from assassination in Hyde Park – Mansions of Misery gives us an unforgettable cross-section of London life from the early 1700s to the 1840s, in all its richness and, crucially, its poverty.


Mansions of Misery by Jerry White

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