NED LUDD, possibly born EDWARD LUDLAM, is the person from whom, it is popularly claimed, the Luddites took their name.
In 1779, Ludd is supposed to have broken two stocking frames in a fit of rage. After this incident, attacks on the frames were jokingly blamed on Ludd. When the "Luddites" emerged in the 1810s, his identity was appropriated to become the folkloric character of Captain Ludd, also known as King Ludd or General Ludd, the Luddites' alleged leader and founder.
* 1 History
* 2 In popular culture
* 2.1 Music * 2.2 Literature * 2.3 Television * 2.4 Games
* 3 See also * 4 Notes
Supposedly, Ludd was a weaver from Anstey , near
Leicester , England
. In 1779, either after being whipped for idleness, or after being
taunted by local youths, he smashed two knitting frames in what was
described as a "fit of passion". This story is traceable to an
article in The Nottingham Review on 20 December 1811, but there is no
independent evidence of its truth. John Blackner's book History of
Nottingham, also published in 1811, provides a variant tale, of a lad
called "Ludnam" who was told by his father, a framework-knitter, to
"square his needles". Ludnam took a hammer and "beat them into a
heap". News of the incident spread, and whenever frames were
sabotaged, people would jokingly say "
By 1812, organised frame-breakers became known as Luddites, using the name King Ludd or Captain Ludd for their mythical leader. Letters and proclamations were signed by "Ned Ludd".
IN POPULAR CULTURE
* The character of
Edmund Cooper 's alternative-history The Cloud Walker is set in a
world where the