The Early Modern Commons

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Towards the finish line (Update and some recent work)

9 August 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’ve also been a bit quieter on Twitter lately. This is largely down to Third Year Fear – I’ve had to concentrate...

“You can’t handle the floof!”: A look at cats in the court records.*

13 February 2015

Everyone knows that cats and the internet go together like cheese and wine. And I love cats. I also love the Old Bailey Online. So it was only a matter of time before I ran a search...

Time To Talk: Mental Health and Academia

5 February 2015

This post is a little more personal than those usually on my blog, and not specifically about history, so feel free to look away now. Today is Time to Talk day, and because of this,...

What’s in a word? The politics of the word ‘Plebeian’.

17 December 2014

Class. It’s the British national obsession, but it’s also notoriously difficult to pin down. Where exactly do we place ourselves and others within a social system, and on what basis?...