The Early Modern Commons

Naomi Clifford

Recent Posts

It’s raining pitchforks: the Swing Riots of the 1830s, Or, The miserable life of the ag lab

21 August 2017

George Cruikshank, Very Unpleasant Weather, or, the Old Saying Verified “Raining Cats, Dogs, & Pitchforks.”!!! (1835). Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionMachine-breaking...

Indoor fun and games

18 August 2017

With rain pouring outside today, my thoughts have turned to indoor games. A quadrille is a dance but it’s also a card game for four players (via French from Spanish cuadrilla, diminutive...

A sure bet – cricket in the Georgian era

14 August 2017

A Game of Cricket (The Royal Academy Club in Marylebone Fields, now Regent’s Park). Unknown artist, after Francis Hayman (between 1790 and 1799). Yale Center for British Art,...

In sickness and in health: a late Georgian aristocratic marriage – John Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, and Mary Elizabeth Townshend

7 August 2017

I am thrilled to welcome Jacqueline Reiter to the blog today. Jacqueline has a PhD in late 18th-century political history from the University of Cambridge. A professional librarian,...