The Early Modern Commons

Restoration London

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Poisonous Little Beasts

12 September 2016

Last week, we had the announcement that the bacteria Yersinia pestis (i.e. modern plague) had been found in several seventeenth-century skeletons discovered during the Crossrail excavation...

1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

24 March 2016

I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share the cover art for my new book 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire. The book follows the lives of many characters who lived through the...

Automattic at CMS Africa Summit

23 March 2016

Automatticians, the people behind WordPress.com, can be found in just about every corner of the globe, but it’s not every day that we have the singular opportunity to promote...

Five Engaging Longreads Stories You Might Have Missed

7 March 2016

Longreads has been connecting readers with quality stories since 2009, and since joining Automattic in 2014, we’ve published more than 100 pieces of original reporting, essays,...