"Christopher's engaging account is instructive. Shipped in chains to the epicenter of the transatlantic slave trade, frequently forced to serve as soldiers of the king, and sentenced to what amounted to an early and squalid death, these Britons both witnessed and experienced ways that captivity flourished alongside liberty in Britannia's maritime empire." --Journal of British Studies
"A gripping tale of convicts and slaves, disease, mutiny, crime and suffering that will take the reader on a compelling journey through the underbelly of the British colonial world." --Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, author of Closing Hell's Gates: The Death of a Convict Station
"It is a rare pleasure to review a book that will appeal not only to the specialist in the field, but also to the general reader. A Merciless Place
is such a book, a work of original scholarship that clearly indicates years of hard labor in the archives, and also a beautifully crafted literary endeavor, one that should attract anyone who appreciates excellent writing . . . Thoroughly researched, brilliantly written, deeply humane, A Merciless Place
is a model of modern legal scholarship." --H-Net
"The strength of this fine book is the wealth of detail and the subtle and sensitive reading of the evidence that Christopher brings to the subject . . . A Merciless Place
is an important book that tells the story of the convicts themselves--swept from the streets, often for trifling crimes, and shipped far from home: Virginia, the Gold Coast, and Botany Bay, to name but the most prominent destinations. Their stories epitomize the capricious and peripatetic nature of life and justice for those on the margins of the British Empire during the eighteenth century." --Journal of American History
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Slave Trade Sailors and their Captive Cargoes, 1730-1807
and co-editor of Many Middle Passages
. She has been a Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library and a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at Yale University.