The Early Modern Commons

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The First Robin Hood Novel: Robert Southey’s “Harold, or, The Castle of Morford” (1791)

13 June 2017

(This is an updated version of an earlier post I made) Scholars generally point to 1819 as the year that the first Robin Hood novels appeared, these being the anonymous Robin Hood:...

Salvatore Giuliano (1922-1950): The Last Outlaw

3 June 2017

(The images used in this blog post are taken from the Giuliano Project which, as far as I can ascertain, are out of copyright. If the copyright belongs to you and you wish me to take...

‘The Prince of Pick-Pockets’: George Barrington (1755-1804)

12 May 2017

George Waldron, alias Barrington, was born into a poor family at Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. Although destitute, his mother and father made sure to learn that he could read and...

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...