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Why is the highwayman largely perceived as a romantic, glamorous and gallant figure? How is it that men who were really nothing more than bandits, who were often gratuitously violent, sometimes murderers and rapists as well, have become the swashbuckling heroes of history? To put their roles in context, the book probes into the economic, social and technological factors that at certain times made highway robbery highly lucrative and which help to explain why some of its exponents eventually disappeared from the scene. Finally, the legacy of the highwaymen on pub signs, in films and in fiction is discussed. Informative, stimulating and entertaining, from the pen of a true enthusiast, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the dramatic, murky underworld of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750935289
ISBN-10: 0750935286
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Brandon

DAVID BRANDON is an experienced freelance lecturer in social history, topography and related subjects for over ten UK universities, many adult education colleges and other providers of continuing learning. He has authored and co-authored numerous books for The History Press, including: Tyburn: London's Fatal Tree, Shadows in the Steam and Haunted London Underground. He lives in Peterborough.

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