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John Terry (d.1803): A Yorkshire Murderer

29 April 2017

All too often histories of crime focus upon what happened in the big cities such as London, Manchester, and New York. Part of the reason for this is that, as is especially the case...

“The Bondman” (1833): Wat Tyler, Medievalism, and the Great Reform Act of 183

21 April 2017

In the course of my research for my book The Life and Legend of a Rebel Leader: Wat Tyler, due to be published by Pen & Sword in 2018, I came across a now little-known novel written...

Unruly Apprentices

9 April 2017

During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, many criminals recorded in works such as Alexander Smith’s History of the Highwaymen (1714), and Charles Johnson’s...

Law, Crime, and Friendship: Sir Walter Scott and Thomas ‘Tam’ Purdie

2 April 2017

I have just returned from a conference entitled ‘Reworking Walter Scott’, held at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where I gave a paper on ‘The Chartist Robin...