Legal Heroes and Practising Villains in the Nineteenth Century Press
Newbery-Jones, Craig John
Plymouth Law and Criminal Justice Review
This short piece will highlight the importance of the newspaper in the nineteenth century as a historical source for examining the public perception of the barrister. It will draw upon selected press extracts from nineteenth century newspapers to illustrate a sample of the differing representations of barristers in Victorian England. This piece will begin to analyse how these public portrayals of barristers created ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ of some of Victorian England’s most eminent and infamous legal minds and establish whether these ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ perpetuated historical cultural stereotypes of lawyers.
This is an open access article, freely available in ORE and from the Plymouth University Law and Criminal Justice Review website: http://www.pbs.plymouth.ac.uk/PLR/vol6/Newbery-Jones.pdf
2014, Vol. 6(1), pp. 58-69