Hue and Cry: The Story of Henry and John Fielding and their Bow Street Runners

By: Pringle, Patrick

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Jacket edges rubbed, a few faint stains to jacket spine, front jacket flap price-clipped, jacket flaps previously taped down. No publisher date (circa mid 1900s). 1958 Hard Cover. 230 pp. Illustrated with portraits, drawings and documents. They called the thief-takers the Bow Street Runners because they worked out of Fielding's house in Bow Street. London in 1748 was the most lawless city of the day and the Fieldings and their Runners took the first steps to stop one of the most fantastic crime waves in history. Robbery, rape and murder were casually and frequently committed in the teeming, dirty, gin-soaked streets. The roads leading into London were dominated by highwaymen. Working first under cover with practically no funds, Henry Fielding began this astonishing and little-known phase of his career. It was not a popular cause. Londoners of the day preferred robbers to gendarmes. And the Fieldings were not wealthy. Nevertheless, what little money they could lay hands on was used to finance the fight for law and order. When the government finally took steps, Henry Fielding was an ill man; but he answered the peremptory call, cancelled a trip planned for his health, and submitted the plan he and John and worked on for five years. Shortly after the plan went through, Henry Fielding died, and it was left to the Blind Beak (a fantastically good detective) to carry it out. This he did, as the author details in this bold, stimulating, thoroughly documents true story. The Fielding brothers come alive and the story unfolds as it happened against the racy, violent past of London itself.

Title: Hue and Cry: The Story of Henry and John Fielding and their Bow Street Runners

Author: Pringle, Patrick

Categories: True Crime, Law & Legal Reform, British, Literary & Intellectual, Biography,

Publisher: William Morrow and Company: 1958

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2277822

Keywords: HENRY JOHN FIELDING BOW STREET RUNNERS BIOGRAPHY HISTORY ENGLAND LONDON GREAT BRITAIN TRUE CRIME LAW LEGAL REFORM,