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Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman


Publisher:Profile Books



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This is a masterly biography of one of Britain's best-known criminals, as well as an examination of the cult of the highwayman, and of crime in the 18th century and the treatment of criminals. In the absence of any police force how were crimes solved? Who did the detective work? And did the criminals get a fair trial? Was there a criminal underclass and did people really live in terror of going on the roads at night? Looking at the underbelly of society and the nastier aspects of life that many historians ignore, James Sharpe creates a vivid picture of life on the edges in 18th century Britain.

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