Victorian Alcohol Producers and Retailers

Selling alcohol in late Victorian Britain required a degree of cunning, ingenuity, and a leap of imagination. Introduction This provides three case studies of Victorian alcohol producers and retailers: Bass & Co, a major brewer based in Burton-upon-Trent; whisky producers James Buchanan and John Walker whose companies expanded the market for Scotch whisky in England[…]

Views of the Drunkard in Victorian England

Ideas about the drunkard fueled political and moral debates about the extent of liquor controls. Introduction This contains four parts that consider the way that Victorian alcohol consumers were imagined and represented in political discourse. The chapters draw upon the rich, qualitative and quantitative data found in the various parliamentary enquiries on alcohol that took[…]

Henry Box Brown’s Escape from Slavery

By 1851, Brown was internationally well known. This article, The Narrative of Henry Box Brown (1849), was originally published in The Public Domain Review under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to reuse it please see: Henry Brown was born a slave, sometime around 1815, in Louisa County, Virginia. After the farmer who owned[…]

Captain John Smith: From Turkish Slavery to Jamestown

He killed his “owner” and fled slavery before finally returning to England in 1604 and embarking to the New World. By NPS Park Ranger Bill Warder Captain John Smith was an adventurer, soldier, explorer and author. Through the telling of his early life, we can trace the developments of a man who became a dominate[…]

An Outline of Roman Civil Procedure

The Romans resolved civil disputes by recourse to litigation based on law. Abstract This is a broad discussion of the key feature of Roman civil procedure, including sources, lawmaking, and rules. It covers the three principal models for procedure; special proceedings; appeals; magistrates; judges; and representation. It takes ac-count of new evidence on procedure discovered[…]

The Legal Profession in the Ancient Roman Republic

The grandeur that was Rome was actually the grandeur of Roman Law. I In ancient Greece or, to be more exact, in ancient Athens the general socio-political situation was distinctly inimical to the development of a true legal profession.[1] The sovereign and democratic people of Athens, at least during the second half of the fifth[…]

Transcription and Translation in the Dark Ages

When one is “brewminating” over the middle ages, anywhere between the collapse of the Roman empire to the Age of Enlightenment, translation and transcription may not be the first thing that come to mind. However, what, if anything would have been known without monks providing translation and transcription services, even if only for kings and[…]