The Early Modern Commons

eighteenth-century social history

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Telling stories in eighteenth-century slander cases

30 June 2017

A few themes kept coming up at the Litigating Women conference which I’ve just returned from. One of the discussions which I found most interesting was about narrativity and agency:...

Early modern borders

2 February 2017

A 1686 petition from the ‘inhabitants’ of Boothstown, a hamlet in the township of Worsley (now in the city of Salford), complained about an ‘idle loose fellow...

Law & esteem in mid-eighteenth century Newcastle

13 December 2016

On the 22nd of September 1750, the Reverend Edmund Tew gave a sermon as part of the Carlisle assizes (a regional court which tried the most serious cases referred by county sessions)....

Race, temporality & distance

27 November 2016

At the most recent session of KCL’s early modern reading group, we talked about chronologies of race. We discussed overarching narratives which tried to explain when race became...