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A Brief History of Crime Literature | Stephen Basdeo

By Stephen Basdeo, a historian and writer based in Leeds, UK.[1] Unless otherwise stated, all images are from books in my private collection. There are few subjects that interest us more generally, than the adventures of robbers and banditti. In...

The Janissary and Massacre of the Christians (1850) [Part 2] | G. W. M. Reynolds

The following short story was written by George W.M. Reynolds and published in two instalments in Reynolds’s Miscellany during 1850. Set in the 1300s, at a time when Ottoman forces were making inroads into Europe, it tells the story of Sisman, a young...

The Janissary and Massacre of the Christians (1850) | G. W. M. Reynolds

The following short story was written by George W.M. Reynolds and published in two instalments in Reynolds’s Miscellany during 1850. Set in the 1300s, at a time when Ottoman forces were making inroads into Europe, it tells the story of Sisman, a young...

Book Review: ‘The Guardian’ by Maeve Greyson

Sometimes we need a bit of escapism and, for me, that sometimes means a romance—and this book totally fit the bill. I have to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in the beginning, but that might just be down to me not being in the right frame of...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 29 Aug 2021

Luke Hutton’s “Black Dogge of Newgate” (1596) | Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a historian and writer based in Leeds, UK. Spanish Origins During the sixteenth century a new genre of popular literature arrived in England. Adapted from literature that was flourishing in Spain, a stream of printed books...

A Tale of the Great Plague (c.1840) | Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood (1799–1845) was born in London and, his father being a bookseller, grew up around books. He went on to become a poet, novelist, and satirist. Most famous for his poetry, William Michael Rossetti in 1903 declared him “the finest English...

Richard Allestree, The Ladies Calling (1673)

This copy of a second edition of Richard Allestree’s The Ladies Calling has an interesting set of marks showing a rich history of ownership. Allestree’s books have been featured repeatedly on this blog, showing the special interest of female readers...

Book Review: ‘Legacy’ by John Pilkington

The Gunpowder Plot is one of those major subjects of the early Stuart era (the Jacobean period) that people tend to know about, but, in my experience, very few historical fiction works focus on the period just after that. In John Pilkington’s novel...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 1 Aug 2021

Roger L’Estrange, Seneca’s Morals (1682)

This book is a translation and abbreviated version (“by way of Abstract”) of Seneca’s Epistulae morales, originally published in 1678 by Roger L’Estrange. The man now known as a fervent royalist and censor of the press after the Restoration published...

George R. Stewart’s “Earth Abides” (1949) | Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a historian and writer based in Leeds, UK. In this post he examines George R. Stewart’s post-apocalyptic pandemic novel Earth Abides (1949). George R. Stewart Introduction By 1949 humanity had experienced two world wars....

The Sisters: A Tale| Susannah Frances Reynolds

I. It was on Midsummer’s-day in the year 1817, that, at about six o’clock in the morning, the sudden din of a cannon, issuing from the guard-ship at Brest, alarmed the peaceful fishermen who were preparing their nets on the shore, the busy watermen...

A Canadian Tale of Horror | Anonymous

The identity of this story’s author remains unknown but it was originally published in Reynolds’s Miscellany on 27 August 1864.[1] It tells the story of the dangers that awaited itinerant pedlars in Canada while traversing the then colony’s lonelier...

Harriet Owen, the Fisherman’s Daughter (1857) | Pierce Egan the Younger

Pierce Egan the Younger was a Victorian writer and journalist who was the author of several best-selling novels during the 1840s and 1850s. Transcribed by Stephen Basdeo Part One Mark Owen was a fisherman, dwelling in a small cottage upon the...

“A poor drum-boy, killed by the goat on St David’s Day”

In 1832 the United Service Journal, and Naval and Military Magazine ran an unsigned article titled “Record of the Services of the Twenty-Third Regiment, or Royal Welsh Fusileers." In describing that regiment’s losses at the Battle of Bunker Hill,...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jun 2021

Table Talks II: New Approaches to Romantic Studies and Society

Please enjoy the recording of our second in the series of Table Talks, featuring children’s literature, labouring-class poetry, feminist polemic, creative life writing, Romantic poetry, and silver fork fiction: Thanks to Felicity James, Adam...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 21 Jun 2021

“Hardly men left enough to saddle their goat!”

Francis Grose (1731-1791, shown here) had a short career in the British army, filling the lowest officer’s rank of cornet during the 1740s. He later became a militia captain and adjutant. But his heart was in historical research. Grose, a hard-working...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Jun 2021

Man from 1818 Predicts USA of the Future

Originally printed in The Pocket Magazine in 1818; transcribed in 2021 by Stephen Basdeo, a writer and historian based in Leeds. One of the things I like to do as an occasional book collector is to find odd volumes of nineteenth-century periodicals—and...

Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man” (1826): An Abridged Version

The visionary writer Mary Shelley has a justifiable claim to have invented the genre of science fiction, notably with the publication of her novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). Frankenstein was not her only novel, however, and Shelley...

The Baroness: A Novel (Part VII)

Written by George W.M. Reynolds in 1838; transcribed by Stephen Basdeo. For previous posts see all posts tagged ‘The Baroness‘ Chapter Ten: The Explanation “To you, dear Clemence, alone,” said Eugenie, on the morning that followed the events...

The Baroness: A Novel (Part VI)

Originally written by George W.M. Reynolds in 1838; transcribed by Stephen Basdeo. For previous instalments see posts tagged with ‘The Baroness’. Chapter Nine: Eugene and the Priest—the Declaration No—it is not true that love has but...

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