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

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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

‘The Paradox of Prosperity’ – Selling books in early modern Leiden

The booksellers of early modern Leiden prospered despite being regulated by a guild. In fact, they petitioned for and received permission to set up a guild as late as 1652 when other trades tried to get rid of the tight constraints such an institution imposed (p. 14). For, contrary to a widespread belief among economic… Continue reading ‘The Paradox of Prosperity’ – Selling books in early modern Leiden

Festive news

With Christmas approaching the news are definitely getting more festive by the minute. Just read an article in the Telegraph about a scientist who has studied the anatomy and physiology of angels and fairies and come to the surprising conclusion that they can’t fly. There’s research money put to good use here, as a fellow Twitter… Continue reading Festive news

Time to think

Higher education policy has become a hot topic in the European press with the ongoing financial crisis and the Bologna reforms putting pressure on university resources, academic staff and students. While the financial crisis means that more people are going into higher education because there are fewer jobs on the market (and some return to education… Continue reading Time to think

French Revolutionaries & English Republicans: A bridge to the Continent

As its subtitle announces Rachel Hammersley’s French Revolutionaries and English Republicans (Woodbridge, 2005) is a study of the Cordeliers Club in Paris between 1790-1794. It traces the Club’s radical policies and associated writings in the years following the rebellion of 1789 and its attempts to influence the National Assembly as it forged a new constitution… Continue reading French Revolutionaries & English Republicans: A bridge to the Continent

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

Trust the people – the British will eventually come round

So David Cameron has – yet again – promised the British people a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, should they elect him prime minister next year. And it seems he would get a lot of support for a ‘No’ campaign. Maybe I should not be too surprised about the aggressive euroscepticism of the British Conservatives… Continue reading Trust the people – the British will eventually come round

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