The Early Modern Commons

Mathew Lyons

Recent Posts

Review: Summer’s Last Will and Testament by Thomas Nashe

10 November 2017

  Saturday 30 September saw a unique staging of Thomas Nashe’s only extant whole-authored play, Summer’s Last Will and Testament, in the Great Hall of the Bishop’s...

Mary, Countess of Shrewsbury: poetry, patronage and power

27 September 2017

This is, more or less, the text of the talk I gave earlier this month at the Wilton History Festival. Mary, Countess of Shrewsbury and the Pembroke family were the most influential...

Of God and Jonson: theatre history, new things and non-events

11 September 2017

I was fortunate to be able to attend some of the superb Before Shakespeare conference at Roehampton last week. I came away with a range of thoughts and ideas, some of which I hope to...

Wilton History Festival: the Countess of Pembroke and her circle

6 September 2017

Just a brief post to say I will be speaking at Wilton History Festival on 17 September about the literary circle around Mary Sidney and the power of patronage. For those who don’t...