May 25th, 2012

elcorazon

Elizabethan justice

I've looked all over and can't find the exact information I need, so if anyone can supply it or point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful.

It's 1600, Bankside, in London. A four-man brawl has just been broken up - three of the brawlers end up at Queen's Bench, charged convicted, fined. My question is, since there was no police force, who apprehends them? Where are they held until they make bail? About how much would each man, convicted of assault and "disturbing the peace", be fined?

Thanks in advance!
marcus 2013

A Little light reading...

Queen Victoria's diaries have been put on line - all 40,000+ pages of them!

http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org/home.do

The pages are scans, mostly of the Queen's writing or copies made by Princess Beatrice, although some entries were apparently typed up by Lord Esher - all extant versions are included. This sometimes means that some apparently boring days exist in several versions, while e.g. the first assassination attempt (june 10th 1840) is only in Princess Beatrice's copy, and is occasionally difficult to read. But it's a staggeringly complete record of the period from a unique viewpoint, and well worth a look if the period interests you.