BOOK REVIEW: The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

My review of the fantastic new thriller by Antonia Hodgson: The Devil in the Marshalsea.

Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

The rise of agrarian capitalism and the decline of family farming in England

The rise of agrarian capitalism and the inter-related topics of the growth of large farms and the decline of the English peasantry have been the subject of very extensive investigations by historians of rural society since the early years of the twentieth century.

Guns, Gales & God: Elizabeth I’s ‘Merchant Navy’

Ian Friel argues that popular ideas of the nature of Elizabethan seapower are distorted by concentration on big names and major events. Elizabethan England’s emergence on to the world stage owed much more to merchant ships and common seamen than we might think.

‘Selling Consumption’: An Examination of Eighteenth-Century English Trade Cards

Additionally, the cards’ aesthetic enticed consumers by using themes, images and a language that would have been associated with innovation, originality and luxury.

Managing Change in The English Reformation: The 1548 Dissolution of the Chantries and Clergy of the Midland County Surveys

Did the English Reformation happen because Thomas Cromwell, seeing political possibilities in the new religious ideas now abroad, applied these to resolving Henry VIII‟s marital difficulties? After all, Henry VIII wanted a son and, despairing of his now middle-aged wife, Katherine, had found a likely fruitful replacement in Anne Boleyn.

Gold is the strength, the sinnewes of the world': Continental Gold and Tudor England

This survey will examine finds of foreign gold coins from Tudor England to ascertain their prevalence, use and impact upon the English currency.


In the 1851 census, Whitechapel was the London registration district with the largest number of cap makers recorded. Whitechapel registration district included a number of parishes or townships in addition to Whitechapel itself, such as Spitalfields.

Did Slavery make Scotia great?

In the last few years, however, the research agenda has changed dramatically. Studies have now started to be published on the Scottish connection with the West India sugar colonies and the extent of Scottish involvement in slave trading itself or, by proxy, in Bristol, Liverpool and London. A new interest has also developed in the impact of the slave-based economies on Scotland which connects with older work on the relationship between the imperial trades and Scottish economic development

Scots in the Hudson's Bay Company, c. 1779–c. 1821

For the first century of the Company’s operations, which remained at Hudson’s Bay, the personnel needs of the HBC were small. A recruitment ethos was established in which the directors prioritised the employment of English ‘country lads’ and Scots, largely due to their perceived qualities of subordination, sobriety, obedience and ability to endure deprivation.

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