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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...

CFP: Resilience, Persistence, and Agency

Resilience, Persistence, and AgencyThe American University of Paris, Paris, FranceOn-site and online5th – 7th January 2022 Resilience in the face of adversity for marginalized individuals, persistence in the face of obstacles created by hegemonic power...
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The Knights of Palestine (1838) | G. W. M. Reynolds

The following poem was written by George W.M. Reynolds and originally appeared in his novel Alfred: The Adventures of a French Gentleman (1838), which was originally serialised in the Monthly Magazine. The poem is about the deeds of a knight errant in...

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...

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...

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...

Ragnar’s Death Song | Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a writer and historian based in Leeds, UK.[1] The History Channel’s Vikings is one of the most popular medievalist television series to date. In the United States alone, the series has, as recently as its fifth series, managed...

A to Z of Statues – Leif Ericson in Reykjavik

Outside Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik’s Lutheran Cathedral, is a statue of Leifur Eiriksson who was an Icelander born about 970 and who explored the oceans and the lands west of Iceland, establishing colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland and who according...

[REVIEW] “Robin Hood in Outlaw/ed Spaces” (2015)

Reviewed by Stephen Basdeo Robin Hood scholars consistently publish excellent new peer-reviewed research in edited volumes, and the latest offering from editors Valerie Johnson and Lesley Coote is no exception to this. This new book entitled Robin...

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

A Response to Mary Rambaran-Olm Stephen Basdeo In the Communist Manifesto (1848) Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote that, in a globalised capitalist world, “the intellectual creations of individual nations become common property … and...

Robin Hood and the “Servile Historians” (1869)

By Samuel “Gracchus” Kydd The following letter was written probably written by Samuel Kydd and addressed ‘To the Editor of Reynolds’s Newspaper’ in 1869.[1] I say that it was probably Kydd who wrote this letter because he often wrote under...

Bad Will Scarlet and the Good Sheriff: “Robin Hood: A Tale of the Olden Time” (1819)

Stephen Basdeo Between 1818 and 1822, the legendary medieval outlaw, Robin Hood, featured prominently in Romantic literature. John Keats’ poem Robin Hood: To a Friend (1818); Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe (1819); and Thomas Love Peacock’s...

The Comic History of the Peasants’ Revolt

For Pen and Sword Books I am producing a new annotated edition of The Comic History of England (originally published in 1846). I thought I’d give readers a taste of what this fine book has to offer. * The Famous Mr Punch In George W.M....

The Glorious Trio: Robin Hood, Wat Tyler, and Hereward the Wake

I recently had the honour to have a chapter appear in a book edited by Mike Sanders (Twitter @bronterre1) and David Matthews titled Subaltern Medievalisms: Medievalism ‘from Below’ in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2021) (my own contribution...

The Forest Rebel

“His hand was against every man, and every man’s hand against him”—Genesis “The world was not his friend, nor the world’s law”—Shakespeare A German academic, colleague and close...

How Robert Southey avoided getting “Cancelled”

By Stephen Basdeo The following is an adaptation of some of the material in my book The Life and Legend of a Rebel Leader: Wat Tyler (2018). You’re an up-and-coming writer, artist, musician, or actor. Things are going well until someone uncovers...

“The Life and Death of Jacke Straw” (1593)

By Stephen Basdeo The following is an excerpt from my book: The Life and Legend of a Rebel Leader: Wat Tyler (2018). It is available to buy from the publisher here: Link. Wat Tyler’s rebellion in 1381 was the first large-scale uprising of the common...

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