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

Blue plaque indicating the site of Pasqua Rosée's coffee house - London's first coffeehouse, in 1652.

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.

5 Creepy Victorian Fads

Victorian Séance

Victorians became enamoured with the occult, mediums, magic, séances and ghosts to name but a few. Here are 5 creepy things that were popular during the Victorian period.

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

woman womb

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

Never the Twain Shall Part: A Comparison and Analysis of Irish and English Marriage Laws Following the English Conquest of Ireland

tudor marriage

The expansion of English rule into Ireland during the reign of the Tudors has generated a tremendous amount of historical writing. Within this subject, several schools of thought have emerged. One has examined the English invasion in light of the Tudors themselves.

The Malleus Maleficarum and King James: Defining Witchcraft

Malleus Maleficarum

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.

CONFERENCES: Bookend Brides – Tudor Queens First and Last

What did it mean to be a queen consort in the 1540s? What did it mean to be a Queen consort at the end of the Middle Ages? Four authors: Linda Porter, Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Joanna Hickson, examine the lives of Catherine of Valois and Catherine Parr.

Nell Gwyn, Mistress of King Charles II of England

Nell always remained faithful to the King. He was her greatest friend.

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Margaret Douglas, sometimes styled ‘Princess of Scotland’, was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland and her second husband, Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus.

Margaret Roper, Daughter of Sir Thomas More

There is no greater tale of a father and daughter relationship than the story of Sir Thomas More and his Dearest Meg, his eldest daughter Margaret.

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.

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