About

I am a PhD candidate at Leeds Trinity University in West Yorkshire, UK.

I am interested in all aspects of 18th- and 19th-century social and cultural history, although my research has led me into a few areas of focus, in particular the history of crime, criminal biography. My PhD thesis, however, examines 18th- and 19th-century literary representations of Robin Hood.

I have had the privilege of presenting my research at many conferences, including:

  • The British Association for Romantic Studies International Conference
  • Communities of Communication
  • English Folk Dance and Song Society
  • The International Association for Robin Hood Studies Conference
  • Cambridge University Postgraduate Conference

I have also spoken about my research a number of times on both national and international radio stations, such as Radio New Zealand

I have also recently had the pleasure of making a discovery which most scholars can only dream of; having “discovered” a forgotten 18th-century Robin Hood text.

This “discovery” has been featured in several newspapers worldwide.

From time to time I also, as you can see, discuss 18th-century thieves, all of which posts can be found on the Rogue’s Gallery tab.

Research-based Newspaper Articles:

‘Studying 18th-Century Criminals makes me look at my own prejudices’ The Guardian 14 March 2016.

Newspaper Articles about my Research:

The Text that I "Discovered": Little John's Answer (1727)
The Text that I “Discovered”: Little John’s Answer (1727)

Anon. ‘Ricerca smaschera Robin Hood: ma quale eroe, era un corrotto’ L’Unione Sarda 09 August 2015 [Internet http://www.unionesarda.it/articolo/cronaca/2015/08/09/ricerca_smaschera_robin_hood_ma_quale_eroe_era_un_corrotto-68-429416.html Accessed 09 August 2015].

Anon. ’18th-Century Robin Hood ‘Sequel’ Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ Belfast Telegraph 9 August 2015 [Internet http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breakingnews/offbeat/18th-century-robin-hood-sequel-casts-outlaw-as-corrupt-establishment-figure-31437869.html Accessed 09/08/2015].

Anon. ‘Could Renegade Robin Hood Have Turned Corrupt?’ Yorkshire Evening Post 09 August 2015 [Internet http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/could-renegade-robin-have-turned-corrupt-1-7400662 Accessed 09/08/2015].

Anon. ‘Could Renegade Robin Hood Have Turned Corrupt?’ Yorkshire Post 09 August 2015 [Internet http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/could-renegade-robin-have-turned-corrupt-1-7400662 Accessed 09 August 2015].

Anon. ’18th-Century Robin Hood Sequel Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ Jersey Evening Post [Internet http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2015/08/09/18th-century-robin-hood-sequel-casts-outlaw-as-corrupt-establishment-figure/ Accessed 09 August 2015].

Anon. ’18th-Century Robin Hood Sequel Casts Outlaw as Corrupt Establishment Figure’ BT News 9 August 2015 [Internet https://home.bt.com/news/odd-news/18th-century-robin-hood-sequel-casts-outlaw-as-corrupt-establishment-figure-11363997024682 Accessed 09/08/2015].

Dave Burke, ‘Robin Hood May Not Always Have Been the Hero We Thought He Was’ Metro 9 August 2015 [Internet http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/09/robin-hood-may-not-have-been-the-hero-we-always-thought-he-was-5334073/ Accessed 09 August 2015].

3 thoughts on “About

  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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