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March 2022

Houses in English Society, Adrian Green

10 March @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2

One of the defining features of early modern England was the change in ways of domestic living. Internally and externally the early modern English house was different from what came before and after. This talk explores both the development of the early modern house and why it gave way to the Georgian house of the eighteenth century. The talk summarises the arguments of a book project on Dwelling in England: Houses, Society and the Market 1550-1750. This is an in-person…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Natalie Williams

17 March @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Crime, Punishment, and Evasion across England’s Landward Borders, 1558 to 1639 After centuries of prolonged war, there was a period of peace between the kingdoms of England and Scotland from 1558 until 1639. In 1536, the so-called Acts of Union pacified the Anglo-Welsh border and Anglo-Welsh relations were represented in a positive light by contemporaries. On the other hand, cross-border raids still plagued parts of the Anglo-Scottish border during this period, seeming to hinder the relationship between the neighbouring nations…

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Early Modern Discussion Group | Alexandra Hewitt

22 March @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Reconstructing Shakespeare's New Place: social identity and decoration in the 'new gentry' house This paper sheds light on a somewhat neglected period in the study of domestic interiors; Tudor and Jacobean decoration in the urban environment. The overshadowing of antiquarian scholarship, traditionally describing vernacular decoration from this period as ‘crude’ or ‘rustic’, combined with a lack of survival of decorative schemes below the level of elite means that studying this form of domestic material culture comes with its challenges. This…

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Projects | The Marston Project

24 March @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

The Complete Works of John Marston: an Oxford edition in the making One of the most influential dramatists of the English Renaissance, John Marston (1576-1634) is especially known for his biting satires, his importing of Italianate literary forms to the English stage, and his innovations in revenge drama, city comedy and tragicomedy prior to his ordination as a priest in 1609. This talk will focus on the process of commissioning and developing the project to edit his complete plays and…

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April 2022

Lecture | Gagan Sood

28 April @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 9, 32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield, S3 7RD
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This lecture is hosted in collaboration with The Medieval and Ancient Research Centre at the University of Sheffield (MARCUS) and the 'Transmission of Ideas' research hub at the University of Sheffield. Recapturing the Transition to Modernity through Premodern Socio-Political Concepts: Daulat, Saltanat and the State in the Mughal and Ottoman Worlds Action is predicated on thought, thought is predicated on language. This philosophical position throws into stark relief the significance of contemporary language - its concepts, images, principles - in…

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May 2022

Early Modern Discussion Group | Louise McCarthy

5 May @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Early English maps of North America and the East Indies as visual commercial fantasies (1580s-1620s) Early modernists with an interest in late Elizabethan and Jacobean commerce will be familiar with the label “promotional literature”. The phrase encompasses a variety of texts – ranging from sermons to plays, poems and pamphlets – produced by or for trade-stock companies to garner personal and financial support, but also to convince the public of the legitimacy of projects which were initially perceived as high-risk.…

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Lecture | Steve Gunn

12 May @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Steve Gunn, University of Oxford - The Court of Henry VII Is it really true that, as Geoffrey Elton once crisply put it, ‘there is little to know’ about Henry VII’s court? This lecture argues that while Elton was right to point out ‘the deficiencies of the evidence’ for Henry’s court compared with those of his Tudor successors, he misjudged its importance. The court played a central role in almost all the activities of Henry’s rule, from his management of…

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Masterclass | Steve Gunn

13 May @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arts Tower Boardroom, Western Bank
Sheffield, S10 2TN
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What can we do with Tudor coroners’ inquests? This class will consider the different approaches that we have taken coroners’ inquest reports in our project on Accidental Death and Everyday Life in sixteenth-century England (http://tudoraccidents.history.ox.ac.uk/). We can think about inquests as a process: who sat on juries, for example, or what counted as an accident. We can generate large-scale statistics about causes of death and the activities they reveal. We can compare advice in contemporary works with the practices featured…

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Lecture | Michelle Dowd

26 May @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Form and the Future of Early Modern Women’s Writing Michelle Dowd will talk about feminist formalism and how it might shape the field of early modern women’s writing as a field of study. She will also discuss some of the practicalities of collaborative scholarship, including co-authorship and co-editing. Michelle M. Dowd is the Hudson Strode Professor of English and director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. In addition to co-editing several volumes, she…

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June 2022

Emeritus Professor Wilfrid Prest

7 June @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Diamond, Workroom 1, 32 Leavygreave Rd
Sheffield, S3 7RD
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The great litigation decline: character, causes and consequences, 1689-1760 Drawing on research for the 1689-1760 volume of the Oxford history of the laws of England, this looks at one of the great puzzles of early modern social and legal history - the causes and consequences of the great 18th century litigation slump in England. About the speaker Wilfrid Prest was educated at the University of Melbourne (BA Hons.), and the University of Oxford (DPhil, Modern History); after a brief stint…

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