Archbishop William Laud has attracted the historical attention of scholars ever since the seventeenth century, but no work has tried yet in any detail to assess his relationships with the major figures of the English court and administration. This th... Read More about Archbishop William Laud and the Early Stuart Church, 1633–1645.
The Afterlife of Daniel Defoe's Captain Singleton in the Seven Years' War (2022)
Daniel Defoe’s pirate novel Captain Singleton (1720) was republished in 1757, during the political and military crises of the early stages of the Seven Years’ War. The fact that Singleton at this time was extensively rewritten has gone entirely unnot... Read More about The Afterlife of Daniel Defoe's Captain Singleton in the Seven Years' War.
Ranging from the mid-19th century to the present, and from Edinburgh to Plymouth, this powerful collection explores the significance of locality in queer space and experiences in modern British history. The chapters cover a broad range of themes f... Read More about ‘Queer transplanting from the Himalayas to Yorkshire: Reginald Farrer’s loves for men and alpine plants (1880-1920)’.
The aim of this thesis is to analyse the logistics and supply systems of the armies during the British Civil Wars at an operational level. Current historical works have neglected to fully evaluate the events of the British Civil Wars with respect to... Read More about Military logistics and supply during the British Civil Wars, 1638–1653.
Narratives of Bankruptcy, Failure, and Decline in the Court of Chancery, 1678-1750 (2022)
This article engages with the contentious and ongoing debate surrounding the usefulness of witness testimony for historical evidence. By utilising Chancery depositions, the article illuminates social and cultural attitudes to bankruptcy, failure, and... Read More about Narratives of Bankruptcy, Failure, and Decline in the Court of Chancery, 1678-1750.
Two sets of mid-Tudor churchwardens' accounts: Yoxall and Lichfield St Michael (2021)
After UCS: Workplace Occupation in Britain in the 1970s (2021)
This paper traces the development of this form of industrial action through the 1970s, the emergence of an alternative economic voice, ultimately almost silenced in the 1980s with the dominance of neo-liberalism, leaving a sedimental alternative whi... Read More about After UCS: Workplace Occupation in Britain in the 1970s.
Histories of the English workhouse and its satellite institutions have concentrated on legal change, institutional administration, and moments of shock or scandal, generally without considering the place of these institutions, established through the... Read More about Poor-law institutions through working-class eyes: autobiography, emotion, and family context 1834-1914.
Where productive workhouse gardens and land existed they comprised an essential aspect of institutional management, yet they feature only briefly in accounts of workhouses and inmates' lives. Their location, desirability and benefits, however, occupi... Read More about He shall have care of the garden, its cultivation and produce’: Workhousegardens and gardening, c.1780-1835.
'Migration, naturalisation, and the ‘British’ world, c.1900-1920’ (2020)
This article explores the distinctly legal vagueness that underpinned citizenship and subjecthood in the British empire in the early twentieth century, drawing specifically on examples from South Africa and Australia. Situating the administration of... Read More about 'Migration, naturalisation, and the ‘British’ world, c.1900-1920’.
This book is the first transnational history of rambling and mountaineering. Focussing on the critical turn-of-the-century era, it offers new insights into alpine development, attitudes to danger, cultures of time, internationalism and domesticity in... Read More about Cities, Mountains and Being Modern in fin-de-siècle England and Germany.
St Edith of Polesworth and her cult (2020)
Venerated at Polesworth (Warws.) in the late Anglo-Saxon period, the identity of St Edith remains uncertain, with medieval chroniclers suggesting various candidates, but she is likely to have been a seventh-century Mercian princess, perhaps also conn... Read More about St Edith of Polesworth and her cult.
Rose de Verdun (d. 1247) and Grace Dieu priory: endowment charter and tomb (2019)
One of only a few houses of Augustinian canonesses, Grace Dieu priory was established at Belton in north-west Leicestershire sometime between 1235 and 1241 by an Anglo-Norman heiress, Rose de Verdun. Its original endowment has been known so far from... Read More about Rose de Verdun (d. 1247) and Grace Dieu priory: endowment charter and tomb.
While very prominent in the contemporary world, anxiety about the potentially negative impact that immigrants might have on their host communities has deep historical roots. In a British context, such fears were particularly heightened following the... Read More about ‘Scots and Scabs from North-by-Tweed’: Undesirable Scottish Migrants in Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century England.
Charles Francis Adams, the US Ambassador to Great Britain in the Civil War, was born into one of the most prestigious and powerful political families in the nation. He was the son of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams, and grandson of the second... Read More about Britain in the American Civil War: Gender, Humanitarianism and Confederate Recognition (1861-65).
'For the Protection of all the People’: Æthelflæd and her Burhs in Northwest Mercia (2018)
The fortifications, or burhs, constructed between 910 and 915 by Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, across much of the western Midlands have often been understood as part of a broader programme initiated by her brother Edward, king of the Anglo-Saxons,... Read More about 'For the Protection of all the People’: Æthelflæd and her Burhs in Northwest Mercia.
Battlefields, Burials and the English Civil Wars (2018)
Twentieth-century practices of battlefield preservation construct war graves as sites of memory and continuing commemoration. Such ideas, though they have led archaeologists in a largely fruitless hunt for mass graves, should not be read back into th... Read More about Battlefields, Burials and the English Civil Wars.
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