Friday, 6 March 2015

Polycentric monarchical states

I have been thinking about and working on a short article dealing with the arguments advanced since c.1980 about the problems of 'composite monarchies' and 'multiple kingdoms' ruled over by a single dynasty. As part of this process, I was in search of alternative analytical terminology a couple of days ago. This arose from my view that the kind of hypotheses used to support the 'multiple kingdoms' hypothesis for the British Isles in the seventeenth century may not be satisfactory. Exactly why I take this view will need to await the completion of the text. However, the phrase "polycentric monarchical states" did cross my mind on Wednesday because it allowed for a degree of connection and disconnection between the affairs of Ireland, Scotland and England. I was modestly pleased with it. Yesterday, however, it occurred to me that it was redolent of the jargon Lawrence Stone used in his 1972 text, The Causes of the English Revolution. I should not wish to be in such company although I do think the phrase may prove helpful.

History Today on John Lilburne

The current edition of History Today carries an article by John Rees in praise of the Leveller John Lilburne. It can be read here .

Workshop on 'After Iconophobia?' at the Shakespeare Institute 2-3 July, 2015

After Iconophobia?  Patrick Collinson's 'from iconoclasm to iconophobia', thirty years on
Date & Venue: 2-3 July 2015, Shapespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Organisers: Tara Hamling and Jonathan Willis
In 1985, Patrick Collinson delivered the Sternton lecture on the topic 'From Iconoclasm to Iconophobia: the Cultural Impact of the Second English Reformation.' Thiry years on, this essay (published in 1986) has gone on to shape a generation of scholarly enquiry into the impact of religion on culture, and of culture on religion, in post-reformation England.  Scholars have accepted, rejected, and modified Collinson's arguments, but one way or another they continue to exert a powerful influence over reformation studies.

The thirtieth anniversary therefore seems a timely point to take stock and re-examine Collinson's initial thesis, as well as flagging up some of the new directions that study of the areas explored in his lecture (religious drama, songs and ballads, and pictorial art) is taking.  What is the current consensus regarding 'iconoclasm', 'iconophobia', 'the second English reformation', and the relationship between them?  This two-day workshop will consider the legacy of this seminal article, as well as exploring the most exciting present and future trends in this field.


New Perspectives on Jacobean Scotland: Conference call for Papers

CFP: New Perspectives on Jacobean Scotland

Submission deadline: April 17, 2015

Conference date:   July 31, 2015

Venue: University of Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom                    


The conference is part of series of events being run by the university to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the birth and accession of James VI of Scotland. It is also being held to celebrate the completion of the AHRC-funded Bridging the Continental Divide project, which is based in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow, and the launch of the project website. We welcome contributions from postgraduate students working on any aspect of Scottish History during the life of James VI (1566-1625).

The project is able to provide five travel bursaries of up to £100 for postgraduates giving papers at this event. Postgraduates interested in giving papers should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Paul Goatman [] by Friday 17 April. Papers should last approximately 20 minutes.

Seminar in Cambridge next Tuesday on Venice and the Ottoman Empire

Knowledge Between Early Modern Venice and the Ottoman Empire

10 March 2015, 12:00 - 14:00

Room SG1, Alison Richard Building          
Contact Zones/Ignoring Zones: How to Frame Knowledge Exchanges Between Early Modern Venice and the Ottoman Empire

Speaker: Valentina Pugliano (University of Cambridge)
Respondent: Kate Fleet (Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, University of Cambridge)


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England: book review

Mark Hailwood's book has been reviewed for the IHR here by Jennifer Bishop.

A posthumous portrait of Sir Charles Rich (ob.1627)

Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research on Monday

England and the Thirty Years' War: the English military diaspora and the early Stuart state
 9 March 2015, 17:15 - 19:15
Adam Marks (independent scholar)