Discovering Highwaymen

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Bloomsbury USA, 2011 M06 21 - 88 pages
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The daring hold-ups and amazing exploits of many highwaymen made them heroes in their lifetime and legends in ours. Some were just as we imagine them - fearless cavaliers, carefree, chivalrous, romantic knights in three-cornered hats, true Gentlemen of the Road. Yet many more, such as half-mythical Dick Turpin, were unmitigated rogues who simply desired easy money.

In Discovering Highwaymen, Russell Ash writes about both sorts of highwaymen, their different backgrounds and methods, the measures taken against them, and the punishments they suffered when they were caught. He describes some of their favorite localities and the inns and taverns they supposedly frequented. The book concludes with the biographies of the twelve most famous of them, from Jerry Abershaw to Dick Turpin, recounting their legendary adventures, the known facts and their often untimely ends.

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Contents

THE AGE OF HIGHWAYMEN
5
THE END OF THE ROAD
25
HEROES AND VILLAINS
47
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About the author (2011)

Russell Ash has written and contributed to more than 50 non-fiction titles. He is an occasional journalist, with articles in a wide range of magazines and most recently in The Independent. Discovering Highwaymen was his first book, and so it is with special pleasure that he has had the opportunity to revise and reissue it 25 years after its original publication.

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