Restoration London Conference CFP

Call for papers announced for this conference, taking place Sept 2010 at the IHR. Flyer attached. Proposals due 31 May.

Call for papers (2)

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Journal of British Studies – Special Section on Loyalties and Allegiances in Early Modern England

I am very pleased to say that the latest issue of JBS features the special section I co-edited with Angela McShane on the above.


Andy Wood, “A lyttull worde ys tresson”: Loyalty, Denunciation, and Popular Politics in Tudor England”

Ted Vallance, ‘The Captivity of James II: Gestures of Loyalty and Disloyalty in Seventeenth-Century England’

Howard Nenner, ‘Loyalty and the Law: The Meaning of Trust and the Right of Resistance in Seventeenth-Century England’

Angela McShane, ‘Subjects and Objects: Material Expressions of Love and Loyalty in Seventeenth-Century England’

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.

Age of Intrigue

While looking at my blog stats I noticed that people had clicked over from the following: an online RPG based in the Restoration period!

Welcome to the Age of Intrigue. This is a historical variant palace politics play-by-post game. We start with a snapshot in history (The Restoration under Charles II of England), and use the past history leading up to game start, including many historical figures as non-player characters, but throw in a healthy dose of fictional characters and deviations from history. Freed from the shackles of actual history, anything can happen. The King could be assassinated. A fictional character could rise to Lord Chancellor. No English history scholars will be at an advantage and we make no apologies for any aspect of the game that deviates from “actual history.” It is the uncertainty about the present and the future that adds zest to a game.

The reign of Charles II was selected because it is a grand moment in history in which corruption was rampant and political and religious intrigues dominated the court. Much as Dumas gave life to a court in France, we give life to a time in English history where the monarch yearned for divine rule, a Parliament was trying to maintain some semblance of power, the arts and sciences were reborn, religious intolerance was barely contained, and the end of a tyrannical and Puritanical rule caused the most libertine period in English history. Virtue was replaced by hedonism. Loyalty gave way to scheming, while duty gave way to ambition.

Come join us in the Age of Intrigue and see if you can survive in a palace of passions, plots, power.

Sounds, well, intriguing

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Supersizers Go Restoration – Making an Eel Pie

Eew! and double eew!

More early modern food fun here

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Supersizers go Restoration

I enjoyed this a great deal, not least because I now know what a ‘coxcomb‘ is. Shameful ignorance on my part thankfully corrected. (I had largely encountered the word as a synonym for ‘knave’ or ‘fool.’)

Link above is to the BBC i-player, so it will only work for the next six days or so.

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