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Stand and Deliver!: A History of Highway…

Stand and Deliver!: A History of Highway Robbery

by David Brandon

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An amusing history about being robbed. Not accurate in the least, but entertaining. ( )
  empress8411 | Jan 21, 2014 |
Writing biographies of criminals is hard enough. But it becomes harder when they lived before the era of central police records.

Thus writing a history of highwaymen is almost impossible. Many highway crimes went unreported; who was there to tell? Even if the crime was known, the criminal was anonymous, and might well disappear. If the criminal is caught, he still may not tell the truth.

So we can't expect much from a history of highwaymen. The truth is not to be had. But at least the author could say that. One can write a history of the legend of highwaymen. But this book doesn't admit to that. There are no footnotes, there is little sourcing, the analysis is inadequate. Want some fun? Fine; this is a fun book. But want to know the truth about highwaymen? Admittedly, you won't find all of it anywhere. But you perhaps will find even less than usual here. ( )
  waltzmn | Mar 19, 2012 |
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Introduction -- Why is the highwayman perceived as a romantic and glamorous figure?

The Age of Robin Hood

Some claim for Robin Hood the title of the first English highwayman.
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Why is the highwayman largely perceived as a romantic, glamorous, and gallant figure? How is it that men who were really nothing more than bandits, who were often gratuitously violent, sometimes murderers and rapists as well, have become the swashbuckling heroes of history?  To put their roles in context, the book probes into the economic, social, and technological factors that at certain times made highway robbery highly lucrative and which help to explain why some of its exponents eventually disappeared from the scene. Finally, the legacy of the highwaymen on pub signs, in films, and in fiction is discussed. Informative, stimulating, and entertaining, from the pen of a true enthusiast, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the dramatic, murky underworld of history.

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This is the full history of highway robbery from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era. It features Robin Hood and Dick Turpin, plus lesser known but equally colourful characters.

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