Vic Gatrell

Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College
Throughout my lifetime career in Cambridge I have been a Fellow and College Lecturer in History in Caius College and Lecturer and Reader in British History in the Faculty of HIstory. I am now a Life Fellow of Caius. For five years before my retirement I was Professor of British History at the University of Essex.
British social and cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries


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Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge CB2 1TA


Key publications

The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1780-1856 (Oxford, 1994), awarded Whitfield Prize of Royal Historical Society.
City of Laugher: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London (Atlantic, 2006), awarded the Wolfson Prize and the English PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize; listed for the Johnson Prize; shortlisted for the Banister Fletcher Award for Art History.
The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London's Golden Age (Allen Lane; Penguin, 2013), shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize.
forthcoming: The Cato Street Conspiracy: A Study in Terrorism (2020-1)

Other publications

edited: Robert Owen, A New View of Society (Penguin, 1971)
'Labour, Power and the Size of Firms in the Lancashire Cotton Industry', Economic History Review, XXX (1), Feb. 1977
Crime and the Law: the Social History of Crime in Western Europe (Europa, 1980) (with Bruce Lenman and Geoffrey Parker)
'Crime, Authority and the Policeman State', in F.M.L.Thompson (ed.), The Cambridge Social History of Britain (3 vols., Cambridge), iii, 243-310
Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England (Vassar College, 2010) (ed. with P. Phagan and A. Rauser)