Watson 2013 Women

Title Information

Author: Katherine D. Watson

Title: Women, violent crime and criminal justice in Georgian Wales

Subtitle: -

Journal: Continuity and Change: A Journal of Social Structure, Law and Demography in Past Societies

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Year: August 2013

Pages: 245-272

ISSN: 0268-4160 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1469-218X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century, 19th Century | Welsh History | Prosecution: Trials

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Author: Katherine Watson, Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, Oxford Brookes University

Abstract: »This article examines encounters of women with the criminal justice system in Wales during the century before the Courts of Great Sessions were abolished in 1830. Drawing on evidence from cases of sexual assault and homicide, it argues that women who killed were rarely convicted or punished harshly. A gendered discretion of sorts also acted against rape victims, as trials never resulted in conviction. Using violence as a lens, the paper reveals a distinctively Welsh approach to criminal justice, and offers quantitative evidence on which further comparative studies of the history of law and crime in England and Wales may be based.« [Source: Continuity and Change]


  1. Introduction (p. 245)
  2. The Welsh Courts of Great Sessions (p. 247)
  3. Rape and Sexual Assault (p. 250)
  4. Homicide: Infanticide, Murder and Manslaughter (p. 258)
  5. A Reluctance to Punish? (p. 264)
  6. Conclusion (p. 265)
  Acknowledgements (p. 266)
  Endnotes (p. 267)

Added: August 10, 2013 | Last updated: October 19, 2013