The Early Modern Commons

Naomi Clifford

Recent Posts

In Bed with the Georgians by Mike Rendell

20 March 2017

Well, this is a romp — a right rollicking ride through the 18th-century world of courtesans, harlots, bigamists, rapists, pimps, brothels, bagnios, profligates and narcissists....

The death of Lavinia Robinson, the Manchester Ophelia

16 March 2017

Ophelia by John Everett Millais, painted in 1851-2 © The Tate The body of 20-year-old Lavinia Robinson was found in the River Irwell on 7 February 1814, over seven weeks...

Catherine Tylney-Long: A quadruple-barrelled surname was never going to work

12 March 2017

A guest post by Mike Rendell, whose recently published In Bed with the Georgians: Sex, Scandal and Satire in the 18th Century (Pen & Sword), is a handsomely produced large...

The rape of Hannah Whitehorn (1819)

25 February 2017

For my forthcoming book Unfortunate Wretches, about women hanged in the early 19th century, I have been looking at the relationships between servants and employers. Quite separately,...