Professor Sir Keith Thomas
13 December 2013
‘What Did it Mean in Early Modern England to be “Civilized”?’
We are absolutely delighted that the eminent historian, Professor Sir Keith Thomas will deliver our Christmas lecture, ’What did it mean in early modern England to be “civilized”?’
The Lecture will take place at Birkbeck, Malet Street, room B20 at 6.30 pm followed by a Christmas party in room 414.
Admission will be on a first come first served basis so please arrive by 6.15.
We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.
Friday 22 November 2013: Andy Kesson, Roehampton University, “Peculiar Houses”: The Newness of Early Modern Theatres’
Room B20, Birkbeck, Malet Street, WC1E 7HX at 6.30 pm
For more information about Dr Kesson, please see
Interested in Tudor history? Become a Wikipedia editor for the day
The Bodleian Libraries are organising a Wikipedia editathon focusing on the Rediscovering Rycote online resource (http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk).
The Rediscovering Rycote project provides stories and documents about the history of one of England’s most important lost Tudor mansions. Over 300 years, Rycote Manor welcomed all manner of historical figures, including six English kings and queens from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. Although the original property burned down in 1807, the Bodleian Libraries and the current property owners have pieced together the stories of Rycote and its inhabitants from the archives of over fifty different antiquaries, families and historical figures using manuscripts, letters, accounts, maps and drawings from medieval to modern times.
The Bodleian Libraries are running an editing session in Oxford, bringing together contributors and also encouraging virtual editing for those outside the city. The session is intended to improve the coverage of individuals and events connected to Rycote and explored on the Rycote website.
The day will include a short introduction by the Rediscovering Rycote project archivist as well as the opportunity to see some of the original manuscripts up close.
To sign up and get more details, please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/RediscoveringRycote.
- Date: 2-5pm, Friday 15 November 2013
- Venue: Training Room, Radcliffe Science Library, Oxford (directions).
- Participants: All welcome! No Wiki editing experience is necessary, though experienced editors are very welcome; tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.
- Can’t get to Oxford? Virtual participation is welcome. Stay tuned for details of how to chat with us on the day.
Registration: Sign up via Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8968317479/wikipage)
Contacts: Any questions? Please email Liz McCarthy
London Renaissance Seminar
9 November, 2.00pm-6.00pm
43 Gordon Square
Ms Linda Grant (Birkbeck), ‘“Loved as no woman shall ever be loved again”: Catullus and the shaping of sixteenth-century English love poetry’
Professor Stephen Guy-Bray (Toronto) , ‘“Militat omnis amans”: Love as War in Renaissance Sonnets’
Professor Will Fisher (NYU), ‘“Seignor Dildo’s Adventures in Britain”: Sexual Instruments and Women’s Erotic Agency in England, c.1600-1725’
Professor Ian Moulton (Arizona), ‘Love in Print: Romance and the Book Market’
The organisers for this event are Linda Grant, Judith Hudson, Sue Wiseman. Contact: Sue Wiseman
The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck College, University of London to discuss topics in the culture of the Renaissance. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.
London Renaissance Seminar contact: Sue Wiseman
London Renaissance Seminar mailing list: T. F. Healy
The Politics of Female Households is the first collection that seeks to integrate ladies-in-waiting into the master narrative of early modern court studies. Presenting evidence and analysis of the multifarious ways in which ‘women above stairs’ shaped the European courts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it argues for a reassessment of their political influence. The cultural agency of ladies-in-waiting is viewed in the reflection of portraiture, pamphlets and masques: their political dealings and patronage are revealed through analysis of letters, family networks, career patterns, gift exchange and household structures, as well as their activities in the fields of intelligence-gathering and espionage.
By concentrating on a previously neglected area of female agency, this collection demonstrates clearly that the political climate of Europe was often shaped outside the male-dominated institutions of government and administration.
Contributors include: Helen Graham-Matheson, Hannah Leah Crummé, Katrin Keller, Vanessa de Cruz, Birgit Houben, Dries Raeymaekers, Janet Ravenscroft, Una McIlvenna, Rosalind K. Marshall, Oliver Mallick, Cynthia Fry, Nadine Akkerman, Sara J. Wolfson, Fabian Persson, and Jeroen Duindam.
For more information see http://www.brill.com/products/book/politics-femalehouseholds
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