Charitable Hatred, or the Trouble with Tolerance in Early Modern England

In her book on ‘tolerance and intolerance’ in early modern England Alex Walsham takes a swipe at the Whiggish notion of the ‘rise of toleration’ (7) and the domination of the field by the history of ideas. Emphasisng the point that it was the moral duty of every good Christian at the time to correct… Continue reading Charitable Hatred, or the Trouble with Tolerance in Early Modern England

The ‘Monarchical Republic’ and its Critics

Patrick Collinson first set out his idea of ‘The Monarchical Republic of Queen Elizabeth I’ in a journal article in 1987. In this article he emphasised in particular two ways in which Elizabethan subjects conceived themselves as ‘citizens’ and displayed considerable self-governing capacities. First, there were Elizabeth’s Privy Councillors at the centre, who were hatching… Continue reading The ‘Monarchical Republic’ and its Critics

CFP: Durham C17th Conference – Ideals and Values

Durham University Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies Elvet Riverside, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT, England. Director:   Professor Richard Maber Tel: 0191-334 3431      Fax: 0191-334 3421      e-mail: R.G.Maber@durham.ac.uk THIRTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DURHAM CASTLE 19-22 JULY 2010 CALL FOR PAPERS Proposals are invited for the thirteenth Conference of the Durham Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies, which will focus on… Continue reading CFP: Durham C17th Conference – Ideals and Values

The fun of deceiving your readers – and being found out

It must have been so much fun being a C17th wit hanging around your favourite tavern or coffee-house thinking up tall stories, scribbling them down and waiting to see how your readers reacted. Would they really believe that shepherds had found the remains of Moses his Tombe (1657) on Mount Nebo, or that Dutch sailors… Continue reading The fun of deceiving your readers – and being found out

Worden’s ‘Roundhead Reputations’: Every age writes its own history

I’ve just finished reading Blair Worden’s Roundhead Reputations (London, 2001), which had been cautiously recommended to me as more a ‘popular history’ book than a scholarly account. Popular it might be but it does not lack any of the accurate scholarship one is used to find in Worden’s work. Roundhead Reputations tells the fascinating story… Continue reading Worden’s ‘Roundhead Reputations’: Every age writes its own history

The discovery of a C17th logbook and the neutrality of history

A logbook documenting the arrival of William of Orange in Ireland before the 1690 Battle of the Boyne has been found in Belfast. According to an article in the Irish Examiner, it was uncovered during recent renovation work at City Hall. The book of William’s Paymaster General Thomas Coningsby contains a “detailed record of every… Continue reading The discovery of a C17th logbook and the neutrality of history