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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...

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...

To Switzerland | Anonymous

The following poem ‘To Switzerland’ was written anonymously and first appeared in Hugh Williams‘s National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1839). LAND of cloud-capp’d piny mountains,    Where eternal snow-wreaths shine; Land of glaciers,...

Brave Canadians! (1839) | S.R.G.

This song was originally written by someone known only by their initials “S.R.G.” and was included Hugh Williams’s National Songs and Poetical Pieces (1838), a radical, pro-Chartist poetry collection. The song itself is written in commemoration...

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...

Transforming Rebellion into Revolution: Rereading Cedric Robinson and Eugene Genovese

This piece is a part of our ongoing series, entitle “Rethinking the Revolutionary Canon.”  By Tim Bruno In recent years, Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism (1983) has grown in stature from cult favorite to recovered...
From: Age of Revolutions on 19 Apr 2021

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...

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...

New book: C.J. Grant’s Political Drama: Radicalism and Graphic Satire in the Age of Reform

You might have noticed that things have been rather quiet around here for the last year or two? There are a lot of reasons for this: I have a family and a job like many of you, but I’ve also been spending most of my spare time writing a book about...
From: The Print Shop Window on 5 Aug 2020

The Man in the Moon

By Stephen Basdeo I once heard it said (in a book somewhere, tho’ I’ve never the time nor the inclination to look up the reference), that if you’re a politician or an activist (in its broadest sense) and people are mocking you, then...

Henry Hetherington Exposes Police Brutality in 1831

By Stephen Basdeo I’m starting a new series on this site: ‘Henry Hetherington Reports’. I recently got hold, very cheaply, four volumes of Hetherington’s Poor Man’s Guardian and I was struck at how many instances of police...

“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...


Philadelphia Marriott DowntownCourtyard Philadelphia Downtown2–4 April 2020Conference hashtag: #RenSA20Submission deadline: 15 August 2019The submission website will open later this month (June 2019). The link will be posted in this space. A current...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 20 Apr 2020

The Noble Radical: Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond

By Stephen Basdeo On 22 February 1735 Charles Lennox, the Duke of Richmond, and his wife, Sarah Cadogan, welcomed into the world a son, whom they named Charles, after the father. The young Charles received the upbringing that was typical to many of the...

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