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Battle Song of the Conspirators (1853) | James Bronterre O’Brien

The following poem was written by the radical James Bronterre O’Brien and published in place of the frontispiece in the bound volume of George Julian Harney’s short-lived magazine the Vanguard. Battle Song of the Conspirators for Equality ...

Aristocratic Violence; or, The Peer who Punched Reynolds | Stephen Basdeo

By Stephen Basdeo While finalising my book, The Best-Selling Author of Victorian England: The Revolutionary Life of G.W.M. Reynolds (which has been co-edited/co-authored with my niece, Mya Driver), I’ve also been blogging about some of the...

“A Rascal … but rich”: Karl Marx and G. W. M. Reynolds | Stephen Basdeo

By Stephen Basdeo, a writer and historian based in Leeds, UK. This post is a brief outline of an episode in G.W.M. Reynolds’s life from a forthcoming book titled: Victorian England’s Biggest-Selling Author: The Revolutionary Life of G.W.M. Reynolds...

A Democratic Lyric (1850) | Tyrtaeus

The following pro-democracy poem was written by someone writing under the pseudonym of Tyrtaeus (in emulation of the ancient Spartan poet who, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, stirring poetry on military themes during the 7th century B.C.). It was...

Henry Hetherington: The Revolutionary Life of a Radical Printer (1850) | G. W. M. Reynolds

The following biography of Henry Hetherington originally appeared in Reynolds’s Political Instructor, accompanied with a portrait of Hetherington on the front page. Likely written G.W.M. Reynolds, it has been transcribed by Stephen Basdeo.[1] ...

The Chartist History of England: Henry I (1849) | Edwin Roberts

Little is known of Edwin F. Roberts (1818–64), who is the author of this long-running series, originally titled A New History of England, and serialised in Reynolds’s Political Instructor between 1849 and 1850.[1] That he was a Chartist and republican...

Degradation of Toil (1835) | Charles Cole

Charles Cole was one of the finest radical poets of the early nineteenth century. His poetry was often reprinted in the major democratic newspapers of the day, such as the Northern Star, the Chartist Circular, and even Reynolds’s Newspaper. ‘Degradation...

Once as the Oak: A Pro-Democracy Poem (1835) | Charles Cole

Charles Cole was one of the finest radical poets of the early nineteenth century. His poetry was often reprinted in the major democratic newspapers of the day, such as the Northern Star, the Chartist Circular, and even Reynolds’s Newspaper. ‘Once...

We Are Winning Now! (1839) | Anonymous

The following pro-democracy song appeared in Hugh Williams’s National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1839). The identity of the author is now lost to history but their work has been transcribed by Stephen Basdeo for this Reynolds’s News and Miscellany....

My Heart is in the Battlefield | “W.”

The poem ‘My Heart is in the Battlefield’ by someone known only as “W,” was first written in November 1839. It was later published in Hugh Williams’s National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1839). The author’s identity remains a mystery but the...

History of the British Aristocracy: Part One (1849) | Anonymous

The following first chapter in the history of the aristocracy, titled ‘The Aristocracy: Its Origin, Progress, and Decay’, was written anonymously by someone named “Alpha,” and was subsequently published in Reynolds’s Political Instructor in...

Cheer up! Cheer up! Ye Chartist Boys! | Anonymous

The following song was written in 1839 after the government’s rejection of the first Chartist petition, which would have seen the right to vote extended to all adult males regardless of their income. It first appeared in a short-lived newspaper called...

Welcome to the Refugees (1851) | W.L. Costine

During the nineteenth century the United Kingdom became home to a number of European refugees who fled political persecution. Although the history of British imperialism might seem to imply that all Victorians were racist and xenophobic (and Victorians...

Eve: Humankind’s First Revolutionary (1851) | Daniel Stern

This short essay, which argues that Eve in the Bible was humankind’s first revolutionary, was originally written anonymously in the French language, and later translated by Daniel Stern and afterwards published in George Julian Harney’s left-wing...

A Song for the Democracy (1839) | H. Vincent

This poem, originally written by H. Vincent, was first published in 1839 in Hugh Williams’s National Songs and Poetical Pieces. Called ‘A Song for the Democracy’, radicals, particularly in the 1830s and 1840s, often used the definite article before...

Is there yet spirit in England? (1839) | Anonymous

The following poem was written anonymously and published in Hugh Williams’s National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1839). Its sympathies are with the struggle for democracy and the emerging Chartist movement. Is he fit for this world, or a better...

Loud the Song of Triumph (1839): A Chartist Song | Anonymous

The following poem appeared in the Chartist song book titled National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1839). It celebrates the fight for liberty and the vote in all four corners of the British Isles. The song is from a time when there was no tension between...

A Chartist History of England (1849-50): William Rufus | Edwin Roberts

Little is known of Edwin F. Roberts (1818–64), who is the author of this long-running series, originally titled A New History of England, and serialised in Reynolds’s Political Instructor between 1849 and 1850.[1] That he was a Chartist and republican...

Masaniello’s Call to the Neapolitans: A Chartist Song (1839) | Anonymous

The following poem was written by a Chartist activist, whose identity remains unknown, and was published in Hugh Williams’s National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1839). The song celebrates the life and deeds of the Naples fisherman Tommaso Aniello (1620-47),...

A Chartist History of England (1849–50) | Edwin Roberts

Little is known of Edwin F. Roberts (1818–64), who is the author of this long-running series, originally titled A New History of England, and serialised in Reynolds’s Political Instructor between 1849 and 1850. That he was a Chartist is beyond doubt,...

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