Hampton Court Celebrates 500 Years!

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Thinking of visiting Hampton Court? Check out this list of things to see while you’re there!

Guy Fawkes: Remember, Remember the 5th of November!

Guy Fawkes

A fun look at the story behind Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night!

CONFERENCES: Beyond Iconophobia: 'Decorative' art and the visual culture of Early Modern England

The following piece is my summary of a brilliant paper given by Tara Hamling on at the Institute of Historical Research on art, religion and visual culture in Early Modern England.

Representations of Elizabeth I

This thesis looks at three themes in representations of the Queen in Elizabethan literature. They are: the problem of representing a female ruler; the relation between the cult of Elizabeth and the cult of the Virgin Mary; and representations of Elizabeth as Cynthia, the moon-goddess. These topics are seen as focal points for problematic issues in panegyric.

L'Estrange His Life: Public and Persona in the Life and Career of Sir Roger L'Estrange, 1616-1704

This dissertation examines the life and career of Roger L’Estrange, an unsuccessful soldier and prisoner for the king, royalist pamphleteer and Tory apologist, licenser of books and Surveyor of the Press, scourge of Protestant dissent and the first Whig party, literary translator and amateur musician.

With This Ring, I Surrender: Politics, Religion, and Marriage in Shakespeare and Tudor England

The ideas I wish to explore are the overarching themes of politics, religion, and marriage in the Turor period under the rule of King Henry VIII from 1509 to 1547. The popular opinion of the period on Henry VIII’s behavior can be seen in William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, and Henry VIII.

The Kirk, the Burgh, and Fun

This complex web of interests and principles produces individual ironies, and the paper contrasts the activity of Haddington’s one-time schoolmaster and play director, James Carmichael, who, as he reformist minister of the town, was chosen to subdue the author of a local May play (here named for the first time).

Did the Glorious Revolution Contribute to the Transport Revolution?

Most studies on political change and economic development in Britain focus on government or private borrowing, taxation, and the stock market. Infrastructure investment has received little discussion by comparison.

Recusancy and Regicide: the Flawed Strategy of the Jesuit Mission in Elizabethan England

Recusants, or those who refused to attend protestant services, were acknowledged by the Catholic Church to be the highest, most noble sort of Catholics.

"The Wonderfull Spectacle" the Civic Progress of Elizabeth I and the Troublesome Coronation

Elizabeth I faced far more challenging ecclesiastical and liturgical difficulties than either of her predecessors, and yet, characteristically, her solution was more adroit and more oblique.

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