No Defense: Defoe in 1703

  title={No Defense: Defoe in 1703},
  author={Paula R. Backscheider},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={274 - 284}
  • P. Backscheider
  • Published 1 May 1988
  • History, Law
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
Previously unpublished archival material and recent scholarship in legal history provide new information and allow a coherent account of Daniel Defoe's arrest, interrogations, conviction, and release for the seditious libel The Shortest Way with the Dissenters. Details about Nottingham's questioning of Defoe, the costs of the prosecution, and the final decision to send him to the pillory emerge. More significantly, it is now clear that Defoe's case came before the justices at five (not two) Old… 
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