Fact and Fiction
Imprint: Pen and Sword True Crime
272 Pages, 6.1 x 9.2 in, 20 mono
- March 2023
- In Stock
In the early 1700s Turpin progressed from butcher’s apprentice and poacher to become a member of the Gregory gang which terrorized householders around London by robbery and violence. Then came his two-year career as a highwayman robbing travelers, his partnership with Matthew King whom he may have killed in Whitechapel, his murder Thomas Morris in Epping Forest, and his eventual capture and execution.
Jonathan Oates recounts the episodes in Turpin’s short, brutal life in dramatic detail, basing his narrative on contemporary sources – trial records and newspapers in particular – and he traces the development of the Turpin legend over 250 years through novels, ballads, plays, television and film.
The Dick Turpin who emerges from this rigorous and scholarly biography is in many ways a more interesting man than the legend suggests.