Villains of Yore and Wicked Women of Yore by D. Lawrence-Young book bundle.
Villains of Yore
Take some twenty wicked British villains. Add their dastardly crimes. Then include their miserable backgrounds. Mix in some nefarious conversations and combine all this together to produce an exciting collection of stories: Villains of Yore. This book describes in an entertaining way through conversations and facts how criminals from Richard Pudlicott (1303) up to the 20th Century Elephant Gang operated on the wrong side of the law to make their fortunes. Reading your way through these 700 years, you will come across well-known characters such as Dick Turpin, Burke and Hare and Moll Cutpurse, as well as some lesser known but equally nasty characters, including Colonel Thomas Blood, Mary Carleton and Jonathan Wild, the ‘Thief-taker General’. “Villains of Yore” by D. Lawrence-Young will open your eyes to the criminal world and give you a completely new view on British social history.
‘Reading about the subjects against the everchanging backdrop of society as we progressed through the centuries made for an all around encompassing experience.’
Wicked Women of Yore
A spellbinding literary journey of murder, mayhem, blackmail and infamy.
A Hungarian Countess allegedly bathes in the blood of her victims; a pair of female pirates outfight the rest of the crew; a Roman Empress has several senators and members of her family killed so that she can fulfil her sexual desires. These are just four of the thirty-six Wicked Women of Yore who ‘star’ in these pages.
This book explores how women such as Ilsa Koch, the bestial Nazi concentration camp commander, Bonnie (of Bonnie and Clyde), ‘Princess Caraboo’ and Queen Isabella, the ‘She-Wolf of France,’ murdered, conned and blackmailed their way into history and infamy. The author also imagines the conversations they might have had, as he describes the scenes of their crimes.
D. Lawrence-Young has written over twenty historical novels. In this companion volume to his Villains of Yore, this book will open your eyes to the fact that the fairer sex was not always so fair in the past. From now on you will look at women, young and old, beautiful and ugly, in a completely new and different light.
‘An enticing read, filled with facts and interesting commentary that remained unbiased. The images within were also a nice surprise that added faces to the names of the women in question.’