About

This website was founded by Stephen Basdeo in 2014 with the aim of providing students and the general public with concise and readable snippets of his doctoral research. Originally envisioned solely as a website about the medieval outlaw, Robin Hood, its scope grew to include aspects of crime history from medieval period right through to the twentieth century.

Other writers have since become contributors to this website as well.

Mark Truesdale joined in 2018, and he is a specialist in medieval English literature, is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and books, and has recently published a monograph entitled The King and Commoner Tradition: Carnivalesque Politics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (2018).

Other contributions come from the writings of exceptional students that Mark and I have taught over the years such as Tyler Welch, who has contributed articles on organised crime and terrorism, and Boone Alway, who likewise has contributed an essay on organised crime.

We are always on the lookout for new contributions and accept unsolicited pieces.

Essays should be roughly 1,000 – 1,500 words in length and fully referenced in MHRA where possible.

To contribute a piece, please email: stephen.basdeo@outlook.com

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  1. Hi I just came across your website while doing research for my BA thesis on Victorian penny dreadfuls and a lot of your articles offer very valuable insights! Wondering if you have any available digital resources on Sweeny Todd and Varney the Vampire, or penny dreadfuls in general, be them reviews, original content or anything; cause you know how academic research works, you find many entries that you want nothing more than access to them, but they either cost a prohibitive amount of money or require you to sign in from your institution, which didn’t buy their database in the first place.

    I would really appreciate it if you could write me back a few lines at theminabradley@gmail.com, I can be found on Facebook by searching Mina Bradley, so you know I’m a real person.

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  2. Hi I just came across your website while doing research for my BA thesis on Victorian penny dreadfuls and a lot of your articles offer very valuable insights! Wondering if you have any available digital resources on Sweeny Todd and Varney the Vampire, or penny dreadfuls in general, be them reviews, original content or anything; cause you know how academic research works, you find many entries that you want nothing more than access to them, but they either cost a prohibitive amount of money or require you to sign in from your institution, which didn’t buy their database in the first place.

    I would really appreciate it if you could write me back a few lines at theminabradley@gmail.com, I can be found on Facebook by searching Mina Bradley, so you know I’m a real person. Look forward to hearing back from you! Thank you so much

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  3. Thanks very interesting and enjoyable site.
    Have you thought about writing something on Jack O’legs, who is said buried near my childhood home of Weston Herts.
    He met a brutal end, and lead a very Robin Hood-esque life.

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