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This chapter seeks to take the characters and situations of Gay's The Beggar's Opera and consider how closely the play's portrayal matches the historical record. Although the view offered by the play is a restricted one, the chapter concludes that the picture it offers is as close to historical reality as any other document from the period.
Gallacher, Ian, "The Beggar's Opera and its Criminal Law Context" (2006). College of Law Faculty Scholarship. Paper 5.