‘Your Servant Sir what news from Tripoli?!’: A Coffeehouse Tour in London

I jumped at the opportunity to go on a tour dedicated to London’s seventeenth and eighteenth century coffeehouses. Dr. Matthew Green was once again at the helm of this tour, a fun, two hour, caffeine-fest in central London.

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution Exhibit at the National Maritime Museum

A great way to celebrate Samuel Pepys birthday! Visit the National Maritime Museum to catch the final month of their exhibit on this famous London diarist, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution.

Hampton Court Celebrates 500 Years!

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!

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

5 Frightening Reads for Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner so here are some ghoulish books to get your into the spooky spirit!

Places to See: Hogarth House

Looking for a place to visit while in London but don’t have a lot of time? Visit Hogarth House. The home of famed English satirist, painter and engraver, William Hogarth.

Female barrenness, bodily access and aromatic treatments in seventeenth-century England

Across the seventeenth century medical self-help manuals noted that aromatic substances were a suitable remedy for female barrenness.

Renaissance Clothing at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Exploring some of the fashion of Renaissance England at the V&A Museum in London.

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.

The Malleus Maleficarum and King James: Defining Witchcraft

The reprinting of the Malleus at this time has often led to the belief that the medieval text played a large role in this rise in witch hunts. However, a comparison of the Malleus to later works shows a shift in the definitions of witchcraft during the early modern era.

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