Convenors: Ian Archer, Alexandra Gajda, Steven Gunn, Lucy Wooding.
Time: Thursdays of weeks 1-8. 5pm.
Venue: The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College. Please note that in weeks 3 and 5 this seminar will be held in the Habakkuk Room, Jesus College. The seminar will also be available via Teams. If you wish to attend online please email email@example.com.
Week 1: Thursday 13 October, 5pm.
'The English Witchcraft Statute of 1563 Revisited’ (This paper is dedicated to the memory of Clive Holmes).
Speaker(s): Dr. Alexandra Gajda (Jesus College) and Dr George Southcombe (Wadham College).
Suggested reading: Norman Jones, ‘Defining Superstitions: Treasonous Catholics and the Act Against Witchcraft of 1563’, in Charles Carleton et al., eds, States, Sovereigns, and Society (1998), 187–203; Michael Devine, ‘Treasonous Catholic Magic and the 1563 Witchcraft Legislation: the English State’s Response to Catholic Conjuring in the Early Years of Elizabeth I’s reign’, in Marcus Harmes and Victoria Bladen, eds, Supernatural and Secular Power in Early Modern England (2015), 67- 94; Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971), ch. 14.
Week 2: Thursday 20 October, 5pm.
‘“At my humble sute bestowed”: Agents and Agency in the Representation of Women in sixteenth-century University Portraiture’
Speaker: Anna Clark (St John's College)
Suggested reading: T. Cooper, ‘Picturing the Agency of Widows: Female Patronage Among the Gentry and Middling Sort of Elizabethan England’ in K. A. Coles and E. Keller, eds, Routledge Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early British Colonial World (2018); R. Tittler, ‘Thomas Heywood and the Portrayal of Female Benefactors in Post Reformation England’, Early Theatre, 11 (2008), 33-52.
Week 3: Thursday 27 October, 5pm in the Habakkuk Room, Jesus College. Please note the change of venue this week.
‘Catholic Activity, Anti- Popery, and the Parliament of 1624’
Speaker: Katie Marshalek (Vanderbilt Univ., speaking online)
Suggested reading: T.H. Wadkins, ‘The Percy-“Fisher” controversies and the ecclesiastical politics of Jacobean anti-Catholicism, 1622-25’, Church History, 57 (1988), 153-69; Thomas Cogswell, The Blessed Revolution: English politics and the coming of war, 1621-1624 (1989), Prologue; Michael Questier, Stuart Dynastic Policy and Religious Politics, 1621-1625 (2009), Intro.
Week 4: Thursday 3 November, 5pm.
‘Assessing the Middling Sort: Material Culture and Early Modern Urban Cultural Activity’
Speaker(s): Dr Tara Hamling (Univ. of Birmingham) and Prof. Catherine Richardson (Univ. Of Kent)
Suggested reading: Christopher Marsh, Music and Society in Early Modern England (2010), cap. 4 ‘Recreational musicians’; Robert Tittler, The Face of the City (2007), cap. 2 ‘The evidence: patrons and venues’.
Week 5: Thursday 10 November, 5pm in the Habakkuk Room, Jesus College. Please note the change of venue this week.
‘The Economy of Intoxicants in Early Modern England’
Speaker: Dr. Phil Withington (Univ. of Sheffield)
Suggested reading: Trevor Burnard and Georgio Riello, ‘Slavery and the New History of Capitalism’, Journal of Global History, 15:2 (2020), 225-44; Andrew Sherratt, ‘Introduction: Peculiar Substances’ in Jordan Goodman, Paul Lovejoy and Andrew Sherratt, eds, Consuming Habits: Global and Historical Perspectives on How Cultures Define Drugs (2007), 1–11.
Week 6: Thursday 17 November, 5pm.
‘“The Churches Cordiall in her fainting fitts”: the Scribal Practices and Public Activism of Walter Boothby, London Merchant, in the English Revolution’
Speaker: Prof. Ann Huges (Keele Univ.)
Suggested reading: Ann Hughes, ‘Preachers and hearers in revolutionary London: contextualising parliamentary fast sermons’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser 24 (2014), 57-77; Arnold Hunt, The Art of Hearing (2010), cap. 2, esp. 94-116; Elliot Vernon, London Presbyterians and the British Revolutions, 1638-1664 (2021), cap. 6.
Week 7: Thursday 24 November, 5pm.
‘What’s in a Name? The Naming of English Merchant Ships from the Thirteenth to Nineteenth Century’
Speaker: Prof. Peter Solar (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels)
Suggested reading: Geneviève Bresc and Henri Bresc, ‘Les saintes protecteurs de bateaux 1200-1460’, Ethnologie française, nouvelle serie, 9, 2 (1997), 161-78; Edmond Smith, Merchants: The Community that Shaped England’s Trade and Empire, 1550-1650 (2021), chs. 2, 3; Scott Smith-Bannister, Names and Naming Patterns in England, 1538-1700 (1997), ch. 7; G. Alan Metters, ed., The King’s Lynn Port Books, 1610-1614 (Norfolk Record Society, 2009).
Week 8: Thursday 1 December, 5pm.
'Writing Tudor England'
Speaker: Dr Lucy Wooding
No suggested reading listed.