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Highwaymen—robbers who traveled on horseback—operated in Great Britain and Ireland until the early 19th century. Considered socially superior to those who robbed on foot, highwaymen were colloquially known as "knights" or "gentlemen" of the road, and some were viewed as Robin Hood-like heroes who robbed from the rich and helped the poor. Nevertheless, most notorious highwaymen ended up on the gallows. Highwaymen often feature prominently in works of fiction, including in what Shakespearean play?

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Highwaymen

Highwaymen—robbers who traveled on horseback—operated in Great Britain and Ireland until the early 19th century. Considered socially superior to those who robbed on foot, highwaymen were colloquially known as "knights" or "gentlemen" of the road, and some were viewed as Robin Hood-like heroes who robbed from the rich and helped the poor. Nevertheless, most notorious highwaymen ended up on the gallows. Highwaymen often feature prominently in works of fiction, including in what Shakespearean play?

Last updated on Thursday, 19th July 2018

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