Bloody British History: Derby

Bloody British History: Derby

by Paul Sullivan


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Bloody British History: Derby by Paul Sullivan

You’ll find no pretty parades of princes or benevolent industrialists here. This is Deadly Derby, caught red handed—a city built by the Romans over the dead bodies of Britons; trashed, burned, and reinvented by the Vikings; bludgeoned into a Dark Age den of vice by the Saxons; razed once again by the Normans; and simmering with murder, slavery, wickedness, and profanity ever since. Heretics roasted throughout the sixteenth century; plague decimated the population at whim in the seventeenth century; and in the eighteenth a new form of malevolence arrived with slave-devouring factories and industrialists. Invading Scottish Jacobites in 1745 were the least of Derby’s worries—murder and violent crime were riding high from the outset, and the city slums bred all imaginable forms of vice and desperation. All rounded off with heavy bombing in World War II. Welcome to the real Derby!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752463094
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Bloody History Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Paul Sullivan lived in Derbyshire for many years, and his previous books include several guidebooks on the area. A specialist in folklore with many books to his name, his previous credits include researching, writing, and presenting at weekly festivals and customs guide for BBC Radio 5, and columns in publications as diverse as the Fortean Times, Living History, and The Sunday Express.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

275 The Legion that Lost its Head 7

800 Alkmund: Saint and Hero. Allegedly 10

917 Ethelfleda: Mercia's Killer Queen 13

1066 Dane and Out 18

1071-1279 The Earl-y Years of Derby 21

1322 Robert de Holland's Invisible Army 26

1329-1642 Resurrection at Bosworth Field 30

1556 What a Waste! 34

1588 There's a Priest in my Chimney 37

1587-1932 Acts of God 40

1642-6 Uncivil War: Sir John Gell, Governor of Derby 44

1645-60 And Call Off Christmas! 47

1660s Three Men Walk into a Court, and Other Gallows Humour 51

1665 Buried Alive 53

1665 I'll Have to Press You for an Answer… 56

1688 Glorious Effusions of Blood 59

1718 Poison at the Mill! 62

1732 The Art of Flying 65

1732 Sex and Death: the Beare Necessities 68

1745 The Invasion of Derby 71

1817 Reform Riots, Part 1 75

1831 Reform Riots, Part 2: Blood in the Streets 78

1834 Strike! 80

1879 Ladies and Gentlemen, For One Night Only... Keith's Circus! 82

1917 The Baby Killer: Derby's First Air Raid 85

1917 The Prime Minister Must Die! Alice, the Derby Assassin 88

1940 Attack of the Decoy Starfish 92

Bibliography 96

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