Outlaws and highwaymen: the cult of the robber in England from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century

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Pimlico, 2001 - History - 372 pages
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In the modern imagination, the highwayman is a figure on horseback in a three-cornered hat who holds up a mail-coach with pistols. But England has a long, legendary history of robber heroes that goes back well before Dick Turpin and Robin Hood. This lively and informative book draws on street ballads and social commentary, gossip and high literature, popular anecdotes and criminal biographies, in charting the images of the highway robber across eight centuries.

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User Review  - Kris - Goodreads

I bought a copy of this book at the British Museum when I was in London 9 years ago and just got around to reading it. Wish I'd done so sooner, I really enjoyed it. Read full review

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User Review  - Graham - Goodreads

A great, in-depth read and one I'll instantly come back to whenever I need detail on the subject. Spraggs adopts an academic tone in this historical book that covers medieval robbers, outlaws and ... Read full review


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Gillian Spraggs began her research into highwaymen while doing her thesis on the figure of the Rogue in Tudor and early Stuart literature.