5pm in The Breakfast Room, Merton College (tea from 4.45)
Week 1 (19 January)
Ned Ward and Laughter at the end of the Seventeenth Century
Preparatory reading: Quentin Skinner, 'Why laughing mattered in the Renaissance', History of Political Thought, 22/3 (2001); Jan Bremner and Herman Roodenburg (eds), A Cultural History of Humour (1997), introduction.
Dr Kate Davison (University of Oxford)
Week 2 (26 January)
"The Country conquers it self” - The Idea of Conquest and the English Civil War
Preparatory reading: John Pocock, The Ancient Constitution and the Feudal Law: a reissue with a retrospect, (1987); Quentin Skinner, Visions of Politics, (2002), Vol. 3, Ch. 8 (‘History and Ideology in the English Revolution’); Johann Sommerville, ‘History and Theory: the Norman Conquest in Early Stuart Political Thought’, Political Studies, 34 (1986), 249‐261.
Jonas Pollex (University of Oxford)
Week 3 (2 February)
"My Authority is Absolute”: Mapping the Political Landscape of Later Stuart Cornwall and South-West Wales
Preparatory reading: D.W. Hayton, The House of Commons, 1690-1715: Introductory Survey (2002), pp. 124-31, 137-40; A.H. Dodd, Studies in Stuart Wales (1952), ch. 5.
James Harris (University of Oxford)
Week 4 (9 February)
Charles I's most loyal subject: Thomas Harrison and the Sin of Uzzah
Preparatory reading: ‘The trial of Thomas Harrison,’ in Cobbett’s Complete Collection of State Trials, vol. 3 (1809), 1369-82; Noel Malcolm, ‘Thomas Harrison and his “Ark of Studies”: An Episode in the History of the Organization of Knowledge’, Seventeenth Century, 19 (2004), 196-232; .David Cressy, Charles I and the People of England (Oxford, 2015), pp. 177-209 (‘Importunate Petitioners’); 2 Samuel 6: 1-7 or 1 Chronicles 13: 7-11.
Prof David Cressy (Claremont Graduate University and Christ Church)
Week 5 (16 February)
Loyalist Catholicism Reconsidered: Sir Thomas Tresham and the Elizabethan regime in the 1580s
Preparatory reading:S. Kaushik, 'Resistance, loyalty and recusant politics: Sir Thomas Tresham and the Elizabethan state’ , Midland History 21 (1996), 37-72; E. Rose, Cases of Conscience: alternatives open to recusants and Puritans under Elizabeth I and James I (1975) esp. ch. 4; G. Kilroy, Edmund Campion: a scholarly Life (2015), esp. chs. 6, 9, & 11.
Katie McKeogh (University of Oxford)
Week 6 (23 February)
Sir John Holt: Courts, Corporations and the Crafting of the Constitutional Landscape after 1688
Preparatory reading: P. Halliday, Dismembering the Body Politic: Partisan Politics in England's Towns 1650-1730 (1998), esp. ch. 8; H. Nenner, By Colour of Law, Legal Culture and Constitutional Politics in England, 1660-1689 (1977); P. Hamburger, ‘Revolution and Judicial Review: Chief Justice Holt's Opinion in City of London v. Wood’, Columbia Law Review, 94 (1994), 2091-2153.
George Artley (University of Oxford)
Week 7 (2 March)
Graduate student presentations:
Emily Glassford (Lincoln), ‘Excess, Corruption, and Sin: Cultural Stereotypes of Strangers in London and at the English Court, c. 1450-1558'
Joel Butler (Wadham), 'The Levant Company and Anglo-Ottoman Diplomacy in the sixteenth century: Re-Orienting Perspectives’
Christopher Gausden (Jesus), ‘The English View of the Scottish Court, 1594: The Baptism of Prince Henry’
Michael Heimos (St Cross), ‘In the night the heart doeth wander…’ – Koheleth and Expression, Practical Divinity, and Community in England, 1585 – 1603’
Matthew Ward (Kellogg), 'The political and religious thought of John Vesey: a chapter in the Anglo-Irish reception of Thomas Hobbes'
Week 8 (9 March)
Graduate student presentations:
Chloe Ingersent (Oriel), '(En)Gendering violence in sixteenth-century England'
Joseph Newall (St Cross), ‘A Greate Offendor in His Kind of Writinge': Archbishop Laud and the Prosecution of William Prynne’s Histrio-mastix, 1633–4’
Thomas Pert (Lincoln), 'The Palatine Family c. 1632-48: Experiences of exile in the Thirty Years' War'
William White (St Anne’s), 'Politics and Religion in the Sermons of the Royalist Clergy, 1642-1662'
Micheline Astley-Boden, Christ Church, ‘Religious Violence During the English Civil War’
Hayley Ross (St John’s),"'Popery' and Conscience in Late Seventeenth-Century Anti-Catholic Texts’