More Cromwell on Film

I think Mark Steel’s lecture on Cromwell offers a nice antidote to ‘God’s Executioner’ (see below).

On the subject of early modern history and video, this new textbook from Routledge comes with its very own promotional video.

And finally, this has to be the funniest book review I have read in a long time.


Seizing the Moment 30 March

I’m speaking at a Demos event on movement politics on 30 March alongside the Rt. Hon David Lammy MP, Professor Lisa Jardine and Steve Richards of the Independent. See here for additional information.

Published in: on March 20, 2009 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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AHRC studentships at the School of History, University of Liverpool

Thanks to the award of an AHRC Block Grant to the University, the School of History has one research masters and two PhD studentships available for candidates registering for courses starting in the academic year 09-10.

More details here.

Digital history: Yay! Boo!

The other day I was looking for P. J. Norrey’s 1988 Bristol Uni thesis on the relationship between central and local government in Restoration Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Imagine my joy when I found that the BL’s new digital thesis service, Ethos, had a PDF copy that I could download for free. Within minutes, I had the whole thesis on my laptop. No more going blind in dusty microfilm rooms, no more hours spent by the photocopier, now I could read the thesis on the train, in bed, while I ate my dinner even!

And now the downside. I was looking at Norrey’s thesis for some discussion of the dispute that followed the tendering of a loyal address from Lyme Regis giving thanks to Charles II for his declaration in the wake of the dissolution of the Oxford Parliament. Prior to looking at Norrey’s thesis, I had thought about doing a research trip/busman’s holiday to Lyme to look at the quarter sessions records which discuss the case.

But not only does Norrey talk about John Wildman‘s attempted revival of the principle of popular election at the June 1679 election in Marlborough, an incident relatively little commented on by the ex-Leveller’s biographers, he also gives chapter and verse on the dispute over the Lyme address. So no ice-creams for me after a hard day in archives.

Ah well, swings and roundabouts eh?

The Politics of Disclosure, 1674-1725

I am very happy to say that the next title in our series Political and Popular Culture in the Early Modern Period, Rebecca Bullard‘s The Politics of Disclosure, 1674-1725: Secret History Narratives, will be out at the end of this month.

As ever, other authors interested in submitting a proposal to this series should contact me or one of the other editors.

God’s Executioner – the telly programme

I think this was shown on one of the subscription digital history channels in the UK but I don’t have pay tv so missed it. You can now watch most of the first episode on youtube.

I thought that they had got Roger Allam playing Oliver Cromwell, which would have been an inspired bit of casting, given that he has recently portrayed both Hitler and the evil Anglo-Irish landlord, Sir John Hamilton, in the Wind that Shakes the Barley. But I think it is just a bloke who looks a bit like him. Maybe they couldn’t afford Rog’s fee. Still, a starry cast of early modern historians on show: Ronald Hutton, Nicholas Canny and John Morrill.

Published in: on March 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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As Bruce Forsyth would say.

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