I’ve gone and written another book!
You can buy it HERE!
Leeds is a city with a long, dark and grisly history. From the long-ago battle of the Winwaed, when pagans clashed with Christians and the river Winwaed ran red with blood, to the filth and misery of the Black Death – from the blood-soaked years of the Civil War, the heroism of Sir Tom Fairfax and the massacre on Seacroft Moor, to the crippling scourge of King Cholera and the mob violence of the Chartist revolt in Victorian Holbeck…
Murder most foul in Beeston, a ghastly Last Waltz at Armley Gaol, slaughter in mediaeval Calverley, bodysnatchers at work in Wortley and East Ardsley… this is a city built on stories, forged in war and steeped in blood.
Bloody British History: Leeds brings those stories to vivid life. The city’s mouldering bones are unearthed, its skeletons rattled, its long-held secrets revealed, and its darkest, dingiest corners thrown open to a thrilling new light. This is local history like you’ve never read it before…
Here’s a little post I wrote on the subject for my publisher The History Press: http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-history-press/bloody-british-history-leeds-a-feature-by-richard-smyth/10151423263853631
And here’s a nice piece in the Yorkshire Evening Post: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/leeds-nostalgia-when-the-dripping-riots-gripped-city-1-5439789?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it