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In Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England, Frank McLynn undermines the traditional myths of crime in the century. He sets crime into a wider social and political context, within a world of fears and envies, but most of all as part of a society with a deep sense of insecurity. At one level, the eighteenth century was the Age of Reason, a period of Augustan elegance and calm. At another level, it was a Hogarthian world of crime, disease and squalor. It is a compelling a disturbing picture, presented by a historian who is a master of his craft.