1603 AD: Shakespearean London

What kind of a place was Shakespeare’s London? We’re taking a peek into the first lecture of the series, a ‘teaser’ on London in 1603.

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.

Brewers' tales: making, retailing and regulating beer in Southampton, 1550-1700

Brewers’ tales: making, retailing and regulating beer in Southampton, 1550-1700 James R. Brown Journal of the Brewery History Society, No.135 (2010) Abstract For some years now early modernists have been in their cups. With a wave of recent studies about public drinking spaces and cultures, we now have a fuller sense of the very large […]

Women, ale and company in early modern London

Women, ale and company in early modern London Tim Reinke-Williams Journal of the Brewery History Society, No.135 (2010) Abstract This article explores attitudes to female ale- and beer-drinkers and the nature of social interactions between women and men in public houses from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century. Beginning with an overview of […]

‘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.

A Victorian Christmas in Hell: Yuletide Ghosts and Necessary Pleasures in the Age of Capital

What would a post-Victorian Christmas look like after capitalism? Is it even possible, or desirable, to exorcise our Victorian Christmas ghosts?

Spectacular Sympathy Visuality and Ideology in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (1843) is arguably Dickens’s most visually evocative text. In its detailed attention to and elaboration of surfaces, its reliance on contrasts between darkness and light, its construction as a series of scenes (a structure reproduced in the images the spirits exhibit to Scrooge), and particularly its engagement with a dynamic of spectatorial desire…

Undermining Apprenticeship: City, Law and Growth in early modern London

This paper describes a very different, and entirely neglected, side of apprenticeship in London: the city’s system of contract dissolution. I suggest easy dissolution played a vital role in sustaining apprenticeship in London, and was apparently echoed in a weaker form elsewhere in England.

The London Vagrancy Crisis of the 1780s

In part, this can be seen as simply one more of a broad series of changes in the administration of crime. A whole raft of old and new punishments were being used in new ways, largely as a result of the end of transportation to North America – that had formed so prominent an aspect of penal policy prior to 1776.

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.

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