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 Clare Hall,
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.