David Randall, Credibility in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Military News

I’m very pleased to say that the first book to be published in the Pickering and Chatto series, Popular and Political Culture in the Early Modern Period, which I co-edit, is coming out next month.

More details here.


Andy Wood The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England

My review of Andy Wood’s excellent new book on the ‘commotion time’ is out now in this month’s BBC History Magazine.

PDF below, with thanks to Sue Wingrove and BBC History Magazine for permission to reproduce the text here


To cite:

Andy Wood, ‘The 1549 Rebellions and the Making of Early Modern England’, reviewed by Ted Vallance, BBC History Magazine, 9, no. 5 (May, 2008), p. 67.

Roger Morrice and his World: a workshop

Announcement from Jason McElligott


Roger Morrice and his World: a workshop

The Breakfast Room, Merton College, Oxford.
Saturday 14 June 2008, 10.30am – 5pm.

The recent publication of Roger Morrice’s Entring Book was an important
milestone in the study of late-seventeenth century Britain. This one-day
workshop is designed to assess the impact of the Entring Book on the study of
the period, and to sketch possible directions for future research into the

Speakers include: Alasdair Raffe (Durham), Sarah Cieglo (Yale), Stephen Taylor
(Reading), and Jason McElligott (Oxford)

A registration fee of £10 will cover coffees, lunches and tea. Those who wish
to stay overnight in Oxford can ask the organisers to book a room for them in
Merton College. The cost of a room is £28 per night.

To book a place at the workshop, email either Jason McElligott
(jason.mcelligott@merton.ox.ac.uk) or Mark Goldie (mag1010@cam.ac.uk) before 7

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Additions to Old Bailey Online

As reported in the Observer, Old Bailey Online now extends into the early twentieth century. Of more interest to early modernists will be the addition of the Ordinary of Newdigate’s Accounts from 1690-1772. (There is a plan to add those for 1676-1690 at a later date.)

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Durham Seventeenth-Century Conference ‘Public Spheres and Private Spaces’

Message from Richard Maber:

Dear Colleague,

We have had a large number of enquiries recently about the future
of the biennial interdisciplinary conference series which was put on by the
Durham Centre for 17th-Century Studies from 1985 to 2003, and as a
result have decided to resume the conferences.  In order to get the
conferences restarted we are holding the first of the new series this
summer, on 16-17 July 2008.  The Call for Papers is attached, with
apologies for the extremely short notice.  I would be grateful if you
could circulate this to anyone who might be interested.

With thanks and best wishes,

Richard Maber

Professor Richard Maber,
Director, Durham University Centre for 17c Studies, Department of
French, Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham  DH1 3JT, UK.

Conference poster here:


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Old papers pt4 – My thesis State Oaths and Political Casuistry in England 1640-1702

Here are the pdfs of my thesis. If you want to cite the ref is E. Vallance, State Oaths and Political Casuistry in England: 1640-1702, (unpublished University of Oxford D.Phil, 2000), this URL then access date.

Note that this is taken from an uncorrected copy in a cheap binding that I was able to pull apart and scan. The pagination is the same as the copy in the Bod and in the BL but there are one or two minor corrections which are missing in this version.






Old papers pt. 3. Robert Sanderson’s Case of the Engagement

Here’s another piece of M.St work, my bibliographic essay on Robert Sanderson’s case of the Engagement – not strictly part of the thesis, so if you want to cite, E. Vallance ‘Robert Sanderson’s “The Case of the Engagement”‘, (unpublished University of Oxford M.St. work, 1997), this url, access date etc.

I used a lot of this work as the foundation for my 2001 HJ article on Anglican Responses to the Engagement Controversy.


Please note that the pagination has got out of wack, but I am too lazy to sort it out!

Old paper pt 2. M.St. work on the Parliamentary Visitation of Oxford

PDF file of my M.St in Historical Research work on the issue of oath-taking during the Parliamentary Visitation of Oxford 1646-1648.

If you want to cite, the following would do fine, E. Vallance, ‘The Issue of Oaths and the First Parliamentary Visitation of Oxford: 1646-1648’, (unpublished University of Oxford M.St. thesis, 1997), this URL accessed at etc.


Hessayon -Gold Tried in the Fire

Review just posted by Mario Caricchio on IHR reviews in history.

Old papers pt 1. ‘Ideology and Allegiance in the English Civil War’

A very old paper, given at MWCBS back in 1999. At the time, my lone piece of feedback was from a guy who asked me if I worked on ‘odes.’ ‘No, oaths’, I replied. ‘Oh’ he said ‘thanks anyway.’

In pdf form.

If you are so mad as to want to cite it,  the following would be fine

E. Vallance, ‘Ideology and Allegiance in the English Civil War’, (unpublished paper, delivered at 1999 MWCBS, Chicago), accessed at (this URL) date etc.



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