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The Napoleonic Prison of Norman Cross

By Paul Chamberlain

9780750990462

ISBN: 9780750990462

Published: 01-02-2019


The Napoleonic Prison of Norman Cross

By Paul Chamberlain

ISBN: 9780750990462

Published: 01-02-2019

About This Book

Norman Cross was the site of the world’s first purpose-built prisoner-of- war camp constructed during the Napoleonic Wars. Opened in 1797, it was more than just a prison: it was a town in itself, with houses, offices, butchers, bakers, a hospital, a school, a market and a banking system. It was an important prison and military establishment in the east of England with a lively community of some 7,000 French inmates. Alongside a comprehensive examination of the prison itself, this detailed and informative book, compiled by a leading expert on the Napoleonic era, explores what life was like for inmates and turnkeys alike – the clothing, food, health, education, punishment and, ultimately, the closure of the depot in 1814.

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