Gossip and true crime, 18th century style

These little pamphlets of no more than 24 pages were the popular magazines of their day, produced quickly and cheaply and sold by travelling salesmen. While some were written by religious authors as an example of moral behaviour, the ones here told scandalous stories both true and imaginary, and were very popular with readers who may not have been able to afford anything more substantial. The Bloody Tragedy, or, A dreadful warning to disobedient children has been digitised as an example of the type of story they told; you can read it by clicking ‘Open Digital Library’ below.

CCD.7.50.8, 9, 13, 17, 22, 25, 28