The Origins of the English Reformation Reconsidered

How different might the first years of the English Reformation look if we try to view them forwards rather than backwards, remembering that the first generation of converts to reform were not early ‘Protestants,’ but late medieval Catholic Christians?

Watch how London developed over the last 2000 years

tudor london

This new digital animation showing the development of London from its Roman beginnings, in 43AD, to the present day.

Early Modern England – Politics

Andrew Bretz, who teaches English theatre and history at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, created a series of videos for his undergraduate student in 2012.

Turncoats and Renegadoes: Treachery and Traitors during the English Civil Wars

The practice does much to illuminate 17th-century perceptions of honour whilst the justifications employed by the turncoats themselves reveal how they sought to defend their reputations with their contemporaries or for posterity.

What did eighteenth-century men want?

We associate the history of home and private life with women, but what did house and domesticity mean to men? More than you might think argues Professor Amanda Vickery.

The History of English in Ten Minutes

Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts?

Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I

I am going to be talking about portraits of Queen Elizabeth. I have selected six that were painted over the course of her career to give you an idea of how she looked at various points of her career.

St. Paul's Cathedral at 300

2011 is the 300th anniversary of the completion of Christopher Wren’s Cathedral. This coincides with the completion of an historic £40 million programme of cleaning and repair, in which the building has been comprehensively restored inside and out.

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

Beginning with the development of dictionaries in Early Modern England, Winchester discusses the project that would emerge that would attempt to detail every written word in the English language.

Apprenticeship in Early Modern London: City apprentices in the 16th and 17th centuries

The prospect of an apprenticeship attracted thousands of youths to the guild masters of early modern London. Where did apprentices come from, what became of them in the city, and how did this system impact shape the development of Europe’s largest city?