“Loyal Hind”, “The Prince of Thieves”: Crime Pamphlets and Royalist Propaganda in the 1650s

Lena Liapi

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This chapter analyses the mentions of James Hind in newsbooks of the period, in order to show that Hind's fame at the time of his arrest was so widespread as to provide an extraordinary opportunity to transform him into a symbol of the power either of the state or the Royalist cause. By looking at all publications relating to Hind, the author additionally shows that the state's apparent unwillingness to exploit Hind's arrest, removing him from London and not using his capture and execution as an instrument of its propaganda, left Hind's case open to appropriation by anti-Commonwealth publishers, especially George Horton, whose advertisement of Hind's Royalist feelings was crucial. By comparing Horton's pamphlets with the other accounts of Hind and his infamous activities, the author illustrates that other pamphleteers avoided explicit mentions of Hind's Royalism whereas Horton actively promoted this aspect of Hind's persona and politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNews in Early Modern Europe
Subtitle of host publicationCurrents and Connections
EditorsSimon Davies, Puck Fletcher
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789004276864
ISBN (Print)9789004276857
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Publication series

NameLibrary of the Written Word - The Handpress World
ISSN (Print)1874-4834


  • George Horton's pamphlets
  • James Hind
  • royalist propaganda


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