Outlaws and Highwaymen

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Listed chronologically

Ancient times: some classic texts

before 229: section from the Roman History of Cassius Dio
betw 413 & 426: chapter from De Civitate Dei [About the City of God], by St Augustine

Fourteenth century

betw 1305 & 1307: The Outlaw’s Song of Trailbaston (modern English translation)
c. 1317: passage from Fasciculus Morum, by an unknown Franciscan
1326, 1331, 1346: entries in Henry of Knighton’s Leicester Chronicle
c. 1330: passages from Summa Praedicantium, by John de Bromyard
a. 1340: De Clerico et Puella (in Middle English)
 De Clerico et Puella (in modern English translation)
betw 1373 & 1389: passages from sermons by Thomas Brinton
c. 1377: quotation from William Langland’s Piers Plowman

Fifteenth century

betw 1471 & 1476: passage from The Governance of England, by Sir John Fortescue (in Middle English)
 passage from The Governance of England, by Sir John Fortescue (in modern English translation)
c. 1497: quotation from A Description of England, by an unknown Venetian diplomat

Sixteenth century

1516: passages from Utopia, by Sir Thomas More
1552: passages from A manifest detection of Diceplay
1572: passages from A Discourse Upon Usury, by Thomas Wilson
1575: passage from a letter from Elizabeth I’s Privy Council
1580: chapter from A Politick Plat for the honour of the Prince, by Robert Hitchcock
1588: passages from A Description of England, by William Harrison
1589: passage from 2nd edition of Albions England, by William Warner
1592: passage from The Blacke Bookes Messenger, by Robert Greene
1596: passages from The Jesuit’s Memorial, by Robert Parsons
1598 (1596?): Luke Huttons Lamentation

Seventeenth century

1605: story from Ratseis Ghost
1605: another story from Ratseis Ghost
1610: passage from Martin Markall, Beadle of Bridewell, by Samuel Rid
1613: passage from Abuses Stript and Whipt, by George Wither
c. 1615-1617: ‘I keep my horse, I keep my whore’, by Thomas Middleton?
1617: quotation from The Counter’s Commonwealth, by William Fennor
1619: passage from Poly-Olbion, by Michael Drayton
1622: passage from An Arrant Thief, by John Taylor the Water Poet
1628: passages from A Recantation of an Ill Led Life, by John Clavell
1651: story from Hind’s Ramble, by George Fidge
1651: passages from The Relation of the taking of Captain James Hind
1651: passages from The Declaration of Captain James Hind
1652: story from The English Gusman, by George Fidge
1652: another story from The English Gusman, by George Fidge
1662: section on Robin Hood from The Worthies of England, by Thomas Fuller
1666: item about Claude Du Vall from a news letter
betw 1667 & 1669: Character of a Highwayman, by Samuel Butler
1670: Devol’s last Farewel
1670: story from The Memoires of Monsieur Du Vall, by Walter Pope
1670: ‘Duvalls Epitaph’ from The Memoires of Monsieur Du Vall, by Walter Pope
1671: To the Happy Memory of the Most Renowned Du-Val, by Samuel Butler
1674: The Confession of the Four Highwaymen, by John Williams et al
c. 1690: The Female Frollick
1695: The Penitent Highwayman
1695: story from The Diary of Abraham de la Pryme

Eighteenth century

1719: a highwayman’s oath, from A Complete History of the Highwaymen, by Captain Alexander Smith
1722: Passages from A Full and Impartial Account, &c, by Ralph Wilson
1724: story of Swiftnicks’s ride to York, from A Tour through England and Wales, by Daniel Defoe
1726: passage from a letter by César de Saussure
before 1734: To the Memory of Captain James Hind
1735: news item from The Gentleman’s Magazine: a female mounted robber
1738: passages from a letter by Jean Bernard Le Blanc
1739: Turpin’s Rant
1749: report from The London Evening Post: Maclaine and Plunket rob Horace Walpole
1749: report of the same robbery from The Gentleman’s Magazine
1749: letter by James Maclaine to Horace Walpole
1750: material from letters by Horace Walpole relating to James Maclaine
1779: brief account by Horace Walpole of his robbery by James Maclaine thirty years earlier
c. 1780: The Flying Highwayman
1794: quotation from An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution, by Mary Wollstonecraft

Nineteenth century

1830: extract from Paul Clifford, by Edward Bulwer
1834: ‘Black Bess’: extract from Rookwood, by William Harrison Ainsworth

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