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Visions of “Piers Plowman” in the 18th Century

11 December 2017

The best thing about having a Robin Hood theme for this blog is that it allows me to legitimately write about both crime and medievalism (medievalism, as opposed to medieval studies,...

Passo di Lupo: An Italian Bandit

12 November 2017

An outlaw’s life was not a merry one: in the 1820s, banditry in Italy was rife; at this time, a young travel writer named Charles Macfarlane was touring the country and managed...

Mack the Knife: The “True” Story Behind the Song

28 October 2017

The popular song Mack the Knife was based upon the story of an eighteenth-century highwayman named Captain Macheath. This post traces the literary life of this fictional character....

The Last Dying Speech and Confession of Jack Straw

23 September 2017

In 1381, one of the most important events in English medieval history occurred: the Peasants’ Revolt. Under the leadership of a former soldier, Wat Tyler (d. 1381), a radical...