More Than Just Kidd’s Play

Tom Wareham examines the role played by a legendary yet ill-fated pirate in the consolidation of England’s early trading empire.

Cromwell, Charles II and the Naseby: Ship of State

The fortunes of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and the regard in which their successive regimes came to be held were mirrored in the fate of one of their mightiest naval vessels, as Patrick Little explains.

Oliver Cromwell and the Print Culture of the Interregnum

How does one determine which writings influenced Cromwell the most?

Violence and duelling between exiled courtiers: the case of the Caroline Stuart Court in exile, c. 1649-c. 1660

Yet, though we can clearly say that the duel was not unique to the exiled Caroline Stuart Court, we must still concede that such acts of violence occurred quite frequently there. This was especially true from 1656-59, when Charles II’s Court was in the Spanish Netherlands, and this tendency to conflict was even remarked upon by contemporary observers.

Oliver Cromwell : Man of Force

There is no denying the fact that in many instances, Oliver Cromwell was in the right place at the most opportune time and that events often seemed to work in his favor through sheer luck, assuming that he had no hand in them.

Provincial preaching on the eve of the Civil War: some West Riding fast sermons Religion, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Honour of Patrick Collinson, edited by Anthony Fletcher

These were hardly words which Charles wished to hear from his loyal subjects, and the king’s displeasure was widely reported. The mayor’s speech was not the only public pronouncement in the city on that day, however, and it may be that Charles’ subsequent irritation arose more from knowledge of the other public criticism being voiced by the civic preachers.

Sir Thomas Cotton's Consumption of News in 1650s England

It is the evidence regarding Cotton’s consumption of such tracts, and particularly two bookseller’s bills from 1659, with which this piece is concerned.

Protestant Bishops in Restoration England

Censure provoked defence; from the 1570s onwards, the English episcopate had faced various demands for further reform or else its total extirpation.

Anne Askew and Margaret Fell: Religious Women in Prison And Technologies of the Self

Both Anne Askew (1521-1546) and Margaret Fell (1614-1702) were imprisoned and wrote significant writings in jail. In prison Askew wrote The First Examination (1546) and The Latter Examination (1547); Fell wrote Women’s Speaking Justified, Proved and Allowed by the Scriptures (1666). The two Protestants’ imprisonment indicates not only their struggle for freedom of their Protestant belief but also the government’s arbitrary exercise of institutional power over non-conforming women.

An examination of interpretations of ghosts from the reformation to the close of the Seventeenth Century

An examination of interpretations of ghosts from the reformation to the close of the Seventeenth Century.

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