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Could Priests claim Sanctuary in Medieval England?

16 May 2019

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 16 May 2019. A more familiar gang of medieval outlaws: Robin Hood, Will Scarlet, and Little John. The Folvilles of Ashby-Folville (Leics.) played a key role...

Apprehending Early Modern Fugitives

2 April 2019

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 2 April 2019 From the iconic ‘wanted’ posters of the American Wild West to the facial recognition software in use today, the methods for...

Putting Faces to Names: Illustrated Crime Reports in the Late Victorian Press

23 March 2019

By Cassie Watson; posted 23 March 2019. Nothing makes for a better news story than murder, a fact that the sensationalist Victorian penny press was well placed to exploit.[1] The details...

Femme Sole Status: A Failed Feminist Dream?

8 February 2019

  Posted by Sara M. Butler; 8 February 2019. When reading over an anonymous reviewer’s comments on a manuscript I was writing on the subject of women’s legal disability...