Book Review: Everyday Life in Tudor London

I love books about London. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, another writer falls in love with it and gets the inspiration to churn out a new chapter in this city’s unique history. While most books attempt to encompass the entire story from its Roman past to the present day (an exhausting task), […]

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.

‘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.

Renaissance Clothing at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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

Sutton House: A Tudor brick home through the centuries

My visit to Sutton House, a Tudor brick home in East London, in Hackney.

Performing at the Block: Scripting Early Modern Executions

This thesis explores the executions of noble men and women in Tudor and early Jacobean England and the theatrical representations of executions that mirrored real life spectacles of deadly punishment.

John Dee, King Arthur, and the Conquest of the Arctic

Since neither of the most significant early Arthurian pseudo-histories go so far as to place Arthur in Greenland, America, or the Arctic—although Geoffrey’s account prefigures such claims by extending Arthur’s conquests to the farthest known northern and western limits of European civilization—we must therefore turn to Dee’s own manuscripts for some illumination as to where this idea came from and how it developed.

Exhuming Henry VIII's Court: The Tudor Household on the Jacobean Stage

By revisiting the recent past of Henry’s reign, the plays construct the events as a historical past, distinct and separate from the present. Early modern performance presents, reshapes, and diverges from the collective memory of a diverse socio-economic populace. Plays about recent history offer both a form of remembrance and construction of a memory for the historical moment brought to life on stage.

The house is hers, the soul is but a tenant': Material Self-Fashioning and Revenge Tragedy

Playing dead, however, is not merely a staging issue, though performance of a single character in two simultaneous but separate locations is a legitimate concern, both metaphysical and staging, since playing dead also poses eschatological and ontological challenges to neoplatonism, stoicism, and Christian theology, frameworks within which many Jacobean and revenge plays are conceived.

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