The Early Modern Commons

Naomi Clifford

Recent Posts

The eruption of La Soufrière on the West Indian island of St Vincent

29 April 2017

The young woman whose abduction is the subject of my book The Disappearance of Maria Glenn left St Vincent, and her beloved mother, as an eleven-year-old girl, just before the eruption...

The Bloody Countess: A guest post by Catherine Curzon

7 April 2017

Catherine Curzon is a royal historian who writes on all matters 18th century at Her work has been featured on, the official website of BBC History...

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...