Outlaws and Highwaymen

Outlaws and Highwaymen

by Gillian Spraggs, Gilian Spraggs


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A riveting study of English robbers of history and legend.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780712664790
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 01/22/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1Introduction: the Cult of the Robber1
2Robbery in the Greenwood13
3The Outlaw Dispossessed24
4'I wil be Justice this day'37
5The Robin Hood Tradition51
6Good Fellows and Sworn Brothers64
7Guests at Robin Hood's Table77
8The Rise of the London Underworld88
9Gentlemen Thieves in Velvet Coats101
10Falstaff and the Wild Prince117
11Outlaws in Arcadia132
12The Robber Repentant: Clavell's Recantation147
13Knights of the Road163
14'The profession is grown scandalous'180
15'Why are the Laws levell'd at us?'199
16The Shadow of Tyburn212
17'Dying like a Heroe'224
18'Give me a highwayman': the Age of Nostalgia234
19The Turpin Legend250
Appendix AThe Female Robber264
Appendix BMaid Marian272
Appendix CSocial Bandits276
Select Bibliography289

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