Stand & Deliver: The Eighteenth-Century Highwayman

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Date / time: 27 April, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fairfax House

Stand & Deliver: The Eighteenth-Century Highwayman

Stand & Deliver: The Eighteenth-Century Highwayman with Professor James Sharpe

The highwayman is a familiar figure to most people, and is generally regarded as a romantic hero, daring and flouting authority, well bred, elegantly clad, and as a Robin Hood, robbing the rich and sparing, if not actually helping the poor.

In this lecture with Professor James Sharpe we will explore what can be discovered of this historical reality of the highway in the period when he flourished, between the mid seventeenth and the late eighteenth century. In so doing, we will find that the historical highwayman was very different from the highwayman of the historical imagination. And, of course, as befits a lecture on highwaymen in York, Dick Turpin will weave his way into the story.

Professor James Sharpe has researched and published extensively on crime in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and is author of Dick Turpin: the Myth of the English Highwayman (Profile Book, 2004).

Event price:£14.00 (Friends & Members £12.00), price includes a glass of wine.

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