The Early Modern Commons

Early Modern Prisons

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Radicalism, Respectability, and the Case of the Imprisoned Politician

15 November 2017

We are delighted to publish this guest post by John Owen Havard, Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University, whose forthcoming work includes a book on the origins of disaffected...

Contested records: writing, custom and conflict in early modern prisons

12 October 2017

The following post is based on a paper presented at “Writing Prisons: Literature and Constraint in Early Modern England,” a mini-symposium held at Birkbeck in July (and...

England’s Island Prisons

26 September 2017

 We are delighted to publish this guest post by David Cressy,  who is Research Professor in Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, and George III Professor...

Rethinking the meaning of imprisonment in the 1690s

7 September 2017

  What does it mean to be a prisoner? Most of us today would cite confinement within bars or walls as a defining characteristic. But this was not necessarily the case in the early...