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The Thieves' Opera By Lucy Moore,

  • Title: The Thieves' Opera
  • Author: Lucy Moore
  • ISBN: 9780156006408
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • Georgian London was a city of extraordinary contrast its elegance and refinement thrived amid appalling filth and foul smells, decadence and depravity Crime was everywhere, from pickpockets and prostitutes to murderous highwaymen, as London bulged with riches from its overseas colonies The Thieves Opera is the story of the city, and of its two greatest criminals, JonatGeorgian London was a city of extraordinary contrast its elegance and refinement thrived amid appalling filth and foul smells, decadence and depravity Crime was everywhere, from pickpockets and prostitutes to murderous highwaymen, as London bulged with riches from its overseas colonies The Thieves Opera is the story of the city, and of its two greatest criminals, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard Wild, whose excesses led to his being known as Thief taker General, dominated London s criminal world And Sheppard spent his time drinking, gambling, housebreaking, and whoring When Sheppard refused to bow to Wild s authority, Wild had him arrested But Sheppard s extraordinary ability to escape from prison repeatedly made him a celebrated folk hero Eventually the rivalry spiraled to a dramatic climax involving the entire city An eminently readable blend of popular history and scholarship, this book is a fascinating window into a world that confounds the modern imagination.
    The Thieves Opera Georgian London was a city of extraordinary contrast its elegance and refinement thrived amid appalling filth and foul smells decadence and depravity Crime was everywhere from pickpockets and prosti

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    1. Moore uses the lives of the dashing thief Jack Shepherd and corrupt thief taker Jonathan Wild John Gay s models for MacHeath and Peachum in The Beggar s Opera to give a street level history of crime and class in Georgian London Deeply researched and enthusiastically written, full of interesting facts and moments, it s a compelling and eminently readable history.

    2. Interesting readAs a reader of fact and fiction,this factual book is a quick and easy flowing read A must read,truly enjoyed reading it May re read it Time to find historic books to enjoy reading

    3. The author cleverly uses the complimentary characters of Wild and Shephard to explore a massive range of sovial snd poloucal issues through the period of their lives I found it dascinating and both horrifying and entertaining For me there were many echoes with our current day in the way our society is being corrupted and the difference in treatment of different levels of that society.

    4. While this effort has demonstrated its popularity in making the thieves of London s early 18th century accessible, anyone who has spent time studying this particular part of history will realize The Thieves Opera is a largely derivative work, owing its existence to a host of previous works from which it borrows sometimes verbatim quite liberally Further, the organization of the book is choppy, unable to choose between a chronological narrative of the lives of Jack Sheppard and Johnathan Wild, an [...]

    5. An in depth study of Crime and Criminals in the Georgian era of British History, focusing upon the life and crimes of Thief Taker General and, paradoxically, Crime Boss Jonathan Wild, and Burglar and Prison Escapologist, Jack Sheppard Together with tales of notorious Pirates and Highwaymen of the day as well as details of William Hogarth s moralistic paintings and etchings, illustrated throughout, such as of A Rake s Progress , A Harlot s Progress , and Beer Street and Gin Lane this is a must bo [...]

    6. Lucy Moore did a very thorough job discussing the rise of the thief takers She provides an excellent description of life in London and the basic social problems of society at that time However, the text did become seemingly repetitive and dull Had she not gone into such unnecessary detail, I would have given her a fourth star.

    7. A biography of 18th century villains Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard I ve come across references to these two in other books about the era but this is the first proper study of them I ve come across It was interesting although some of the historical detail didn t seem to correspond with what I ve read before.

    8. The Thieves Opera is a very well written, interesting account of the villains and robbers that populated sections of London during the 17th century It reads like a story than a history book and yet it is still very informative.

    9. A fascinating look into the Georgian underworld Immensely readable,Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard s exploits are shown in all their nefarious ingenuity I wondered why I hadn t heard of these folk heroes before reading this A great book to read and to re read.

    10. Explore the dark underbelly of eighteenth century London with Lucy Moore and learn of the peculiar, perilous lives of Jonathan Wild, thief taker, and Jack Sheppard, House Breaker Where do the lines blur between law and disorder

    11. Very interesting history of two famous infamous men from the early 18th century Gives a good flavour of the period.

    12. An interesting book that gives the reader a good sense of the time period and the motivations of the characters I very much enjoyed it.

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