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Parliamentary farts: some historical perspective on Canadian politics

21 November 2016

There have been heated exchanges in the Canadian parliament this week over farts: indeed over usage of the mere word ‘fart’. How much – or little – has changed?...

Animating the Stuarts

4 November 2016

As we launch our ‘Stuarts in Seven Minutes‘ animated film, it’s worth pausing to ask a few questions. Please have a look at the film and tell us what you think. And,...

Notes from the author: Catriona Murray on Imaging Stuart Family Politics

6 September 2016

On 13 May 1629, Queen Henrietta Maria gave birth to a short-lived prince, who died within hours. Just over a year later, the prayers of both the queen and of her subjects were answered...

Notes from the author: Sasha Handley on Sleep in Early Modern England

9 August 2016

As humans, we spend almost one-third of our lives asleep. Sleep is a biological necessity that nobody can live without and so it is logical to assume that it is a natural impulse that...