1. Ethnicity, Crime and Justice 1700-1830 (Forthcoming under consideration by Oxford UP)
  2. Crime and Law in England 1750-1850. Remaking Justice from the Margins (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
  3. Narratives of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Volume 4 Institutional Responses. The Refuge for the Destitute (Pickering and Chatto, 2006)
  4. Crime, Justice and Discretion, Law and Social Relations in England 1740-1820, (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  5. Chronicling Poverty, The Voices and Strategies of the English Poor 1640-1840, King, P., Sharpe, P. and Hitchcock, T. (eds), (Macmillan, 1997)



Journal Articles 

  1. Peter King, 'Ethnicity, Prejudice, and Justice: The Treatment of the Irish at the Old Bailey, 1750–1825' in (ed) The Journal of British Studies (2013)
  2. (with Drew Gray) ‘The Killing of Constable Linnell.  The Impact of Xenophobia, and of Elite Connections on Eighteenth-Century Criminal Justice.’  Family and Community History, 2011, forthcoming
  3. ‘The Rights of the Poor and the Role of the Law: The Impact of Pauper Appeals to the Summary Courts 1750-1834.’ in  S. King (ed.), Poverty and Relief in England 1500-1880 (Forthcoming)
  4. ‘Urbanization, Rising Homicide Rates and the Geography of Lethal Violence in Scotland 1800-1860’ History, forthcoming (July 2011)
  5. ‘The Impact of Urbanization on Murder Rates and on the Geography of Homicide in England and Wales 1780-1850.’ Historical Journal, 53 (2010), pp.1-28.
  6. ‘Making Crime News: Newspapers, Violent Crime and the Selective Reporting of Old Bailey Trials in the Late Eighteenth Century’ , Crime, Histoire et Societes /Crime, History and Societies, 13 (2009) pp.91-116
  7. ‘Newspaper Reporting and Attitudes to Crime and Justice in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century London’, Continuity and Change 22, (Spring, 2007) pp. 73-112
  8. ‘Destitution, Desperation and Delinquency. Female Petitions to the London Refuge for the Destitute 1805-1830’ in A.Gestrich, S.King and L.Raphael (eds), Being Poor in Modern Europe: Institutions, Surveillance and Experiences (Peter Lang, 2006) pp.157-178.
  9. ‘Social Inequality, Identity and the Labouring Poor in Eighteenth-Century England’ in H.French and J.Barry (eds) Identity and Agency in English Society 1500-1800 (Palgrave 2004) pp. 60-86
  10. ‘Summary Justice and Social Relations in Eighteenth-Century England’ Past and Present, May 2004, pp.125-172.
  11. ‘Moral Panics and Violent Street Crime 1750-2000: A Comparative Analysis’ in B.Godfrey, C.Emsley and G.Dunstall (eds), Comparative Histories of Crime (Willan, 2003), pp. 53-71.
  12. ‘War as a Judicial Resource. Press Gangs and Prosecution Rates 1740-1830’ in N. Landau (ed), Law, Crime and English Society 1660-1840 (Cambridge University Press 2002) pp. 97-116
  13. ‘Gender, Crime and Justice in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century England’ in M. Arnot and C. Usborne (eds), Gender and Crime in Modern Europe (London, UCL Press 1999), pp. 44-74.
  14. ‘’Locating Histories of Crime: A Bibliographical Study’, British Journal of Criminology 39 (Special Issue 1999), pp. 161-174.
  15. ‘The Rise of Juvenile Delinquency in England 1780-1840, Changing Patterns of Perception and Prosecution’, Past and Present 160 (August 1998), pp. 116-166.
  16. ‘Pauper Inventories and the Material Life of the Poor in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries’ in King, P., Hitchcock, T., Sharpe, P. (eds) Chronicling Poverty. The Voices and Strategies of the English Poor 1640-1840 (1997).
  17. ‘Introduction’ pp. 1-17 in King, P., Hitchcock, T., Sharpe, P. (eds) Chronicling Poverty. The Voices and Strategies of the English Poor 1640-1840 (1997) (with Hitchcock, T. and Sharpe, P.).
  18. ‘Female Offenders, Work and Lifecycle Change in Late Eighteenth Century London’, Continuity and Change 11 (1996), pp. 61-90.
  19. ‘Edward Thompson’s Contribution to Eighteenth-Century Studies. The Patrician-Plebeian Model Reconsidered’, Social History 21 (May 1996), pp. 215-228.
  20. ‘Punishing Assault: The Transformation of Attitudes in the English Courts, Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXVII:1 (1996), pp. 43-74.
  21. ‘The Origins of the Problem of Juvenile Delinquency: The Growth of Juvenile Prosecutions in London in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries’, Criminal Justice History 14 (1993), pp.17-41; reprinted as:‘Les Origines du Probleme de la Delinquance Juvenile’: La Multiplication des Poursuites Contre des Mineurs a Londres a la Fin due XIII Siecle et au Debut du XIX Siecle, Déviance et Société 18, No 1 (1994), pp. 3-29 (King, P. and Noel, J.).
  22. ‘Legal Change, Customary Right and Social Conflict in Late Eighteenth-Century England. The Origins of the Great Gleaning Case of 1788’, Law and History Review 10 (Spring 1992), pp. 1-31.
  23. ‘Customary Rights and Women’s Earnings. The Importance of Gleaning to the Rural Labouring Poor 1750-1850’, Economic History Review XLIV, No 3 (August 1991), pp. 461-476.
  24. ‘Gleaners, Farmers and the Failure of Legal Sanctions in England 1750-1850’, Past and Present, 125 (November 1989), pp. 116-150.
  25. ‘Prosecution Associations and their Impact in 18th Century Essex’ in D. Hay and F. Snyder (eds) Prosecution and Police in Britain. The Social History of Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 1989), pp. 171-207.
  26. ‘Illiterate Plebeians, Easily Misled. Jury Composition, Experience and Behaviour in Essex 1735-1815’ in J. S. Cockburn and T. Green (eds) Twelve Good Men and True. The Criminal Trial Jury 1216-1800 (Princeton, 1988), pp. 254-304.
  27. ‘Newspaper Reporting, Prosecution Practice and Perceptions of Urban Crime; The Colchester Crime Wave of 1765’, Continuity and Change, 2 (1987), pp. 423-454.
  28. ‘Decision-makers and Decision-making in the English Criminal Law 1750-1800’, Historical Journal, 27 (March 1984), pp. 25-58.




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