Mistresses and marriage: or, a short history of the Mrs

The word ‘mistress’ has a multi-layered history. Today, it generally refers either to a woman an illicit sexual relationship, or, more rarely, to someone who is in perfect control of her art. Both the sexual connotation and the inference of complete competencei date back to at least the later middle ages.

Leather guns and other light artillery in mid-17th-century Scotland

It was the Scottish officers who had served under Gustavus Adolphus who brought knowledge of leather guns to Britain.

‘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.

Common Woman to Commodity: Changing Perceptions of Prostitution in Early Modern England, C. 1450-1750

I began this project under the assumption that the modern definition and conception of the term “prostitute” had materialized by the eighteenth century. This is not a difficult conclusion to draw when examining the existing historiography of illicit sexuality in early modern England.

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.

'Man is a dining animal': the archaeology of the English at table, c.1750-1900

This thesis covers the material culture of food and dining c.1750-1900. At first view this is a long period to attempt to cover within the remit of a doctoral thesis, which might reasonably be expected to concentrate on one specific aspect of the dining experience or a single case study within the period, or to consider a few decades only. The length of the period to be considered has been dictated by the wish to study and explain large-scale changes in dining in England in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century.

“The Nightmare in Early Modern England.”

This paper was held at Victoria College by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies and dealt with the idea of the nightmare and its evolution from demonic possession to medical malady.

English Xenophobia in the 18th Century: the Case of Lord Bute

The covert manipulator, in other words, of the political strings chiefly responsible for the difficulties which marked the opening years of George III’s reign.

For Something More Than King and Country: The Persistence of the Mercenary Tradition in Seventeenth Century Scottish Military History

Why was it that the Highlanders came into the military service of a regime that had previously treated their society as a pariah?

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary: Aspects of Illness and Health Care in the Victorian City

Since the opening of the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow’s growth had been dramatic. In 1791 the population of the city and its suburbs numbered 66,000; a century later it had swollen to three quarters of a million. During this time the Royal endeavoured to treat diseases and mend bodies of a mushrooming populace: in-house medical and surgical wards were extended; vaccination services commenced in 1857.

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