The Elizabeth Canning trial produced one of the most intractable conflicts of evidence in English law. For Henry Fielding, magistrate and novelist, there was no mystery. He believed implicitly in the scullery maid's story: that she had been knocked on the head near Bedlam Wall in the City of London, dragged 10 miles to Enfield Wash, where she was robbed of her stays - a crime punishable by death - and locked up for a month by an old gipsy woman and a bawd. Due largely to Fielding's adversaries, Dr John Hill and Sir Crisp ...

The Canning Enigma 1989, Jonathan Cape Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780224026307