Just in time for your last-minute tax filing day gift needs, announcing the republication of Henry Tobit Evans’s formerly out-of-print story of the Rebecca Riots.
You can read the entire book on-line here at The Picket Line, but those of you who don’t much go in for reading whole books in the form of web pages (and I can’t say I blame you) will appreciate the paperback format.
The book has some additional advantages, too. Most notably, it has both a general index and an index of people. In the text, Welsh people and places are given in a variety of spellings (and sometimes in both Welsh and Anglicized versions), which makes computer-aided searches difficult. The index of the new printed edition consolidates these various spellings.
The book also has a pair of appendices that were not included in the original, 100-year-old edition (these too are indexed). I took the liberty of changing the title from the original, rather dry, Rebecca and Her Daughters: Being a History of the Agrarian Disturbances in Wales Known as “The Rebecca Riots” to the new, gleefully lurid, Rebecca Riots! True Tales of the Transvestite Terrorists who Vexed Victoria.
They tore down the tollbooths, freed the poor from the poorhouse, reopened the commons to all, made deadbeat dads pay up, kept Queen Victoria’s cops at bay, wore women’s clothing, and called themselves Rebecca!