by ROBERT GREENE
Robert Greene (1558 1592) was an English dramatist, poet,
pamphleteer, rake and debauchee. He appears as a minor character in both of
Anthony Burgess' Elizabethan novels Nothing Like The Sun (about
Shakespeare) and A Dead Man In Deptford (about Marlowe). A graduate of
In the six pamphlets here collected you will learn about the tricks of cony-catchers (swindlers), nips (cutpurses), foists (pickpockets), cross-biters (men who extort money from a prostitute's clients by pretending to be her husband), lifts (shoplifters, and stealers of other unguarded goods), priggers (horse thieves), and courbers (thieves who drag goods out through the window with a long hooked pole). Based on close observation, and illustrated with stories of notable strokes, they give a great insight into the underside of queen Bess's and Shakespeare's London.