Thursdays at 5pm in The Breakfast Room, Merton College (tea from 4.45). Suggested preparatory reading follows the titles.
Dr David Gehring (Univ. of Durham): ‘John Foxe, Mainland Martyrologies and International Protestantism’
Elizabeth Evenden and Thomas S. Freeman, Religion and the Book in Early Modern
England: The Making of Foxe's ‘Book of Martyrs’ (2011), esp. 69-134; Mark Greengrass and Thomas S. Freeman, ‘The Acts and Monuments and the Protestant Continental Martyrologies’, http://www.johnfoxe.org/index.php?realm=more&gototype=modern&type=essay&.... R. Woolf, Reading History in Early Modern England (2000), esp. 79-131.
Nicola Whitehead (Jesus College)
‘“To pursue the point of their former discourse”: James Howell and the Writing of Royalism in Interregnum England’
Daniel Woolf, ‘Conscience, Constancy, and Ambition in the Career and Writings of James Howell’, in John Morrill, Paul Slack and Daniel Woolf, eds., Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century England (1993); William Harvey Vann, Notes on the Writings of James Howell (1924); D.R. Woolf, ‘Howell, James (1594?–1666)’ ODNB
Dr Leslie Theibert (University College): ‘Emulating Empire: The Spanish Imperial Model and the Western Design’
Sophus Reinert, Translating Empire: Emulation and the Origins of Political Economy
(2011), ch.1; John Elliott, ‘Learning from the Enemy’ in his Spain, Europe, and the Wider World, 1500-1800 (2009).
Dr Katy Gibbons (Univ.of Portsmouth): ‘“Cutting the Earl’s Beard”: Relics, Martyrdom and the Reputation of Thomas Percy, 7th earl of Northumberland’
Alexandra Walsham, ‘Skeletons in the Cupboard: Relics after the English Reformation’, Past and Present, 206, supplement 5 (2010), 121-143; Anne Dillon, The Construction of Martyrdom in the English Catholic Community, 1535-1603 (2002).
Prof. Glyn Parry (Roehampton Univ.): ‘Shakespeare, Catholicism, and “Tyranny” in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England’
Richard Wilson, Secret Shakespeare: studies in theatre, religion and resistance (2004); Randall Martin, ‘Rehabilitating John Somerville in 3 Henry VI’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 51:3 (2000), 332-40; Henry VI, Part Three, ed. Randall Martin (The Oxford Shakespeare, 2001), 75-6; and Act 5, scene I., lines 7-15.
Dr Freyja Cox-Jensen (Univ. of Exeter) and Dr John Pitcher (St John’s College) ‘Publishers and Writers in Shakespeare’s England’
Mark Bland, ‘The London Book-Trade in 1600’ in David Scott Kastan (ed), A Companion to Shakespeare (1999), 450-63; Alan B. Farmer, Zachary Lesser, ‘Structures of Popularity in the Early Modern Book Trade’, Shakespeare Quarterly 56:2 (2005), 206-213.
Chris St-John Smith (Lady Margaret Hall): ‘“Harty and assured to the King’s services”: Chief Justice Finch and the Political Management of the Caroline Court of Star Chamber’
L.A. Knafla, ‘Finch, John, Baron Finch of Fordwich (1584-1660)’, ODNB; K. Sharpe,
The Personal Rule of Charles I (1992), 665-82; T.G. Barnes, ‘Due process and slow process in the late Elizabethan and early Stuart Star Chamber’, American Journal of Legal History, 6 (1962), 315-46.
Convenors: Ian Archer, Alexandra Gajda, Steven Gunn