Category Archives: Early Modern

“And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray etc”: how an 18th-century petition works

What does a London Lives petition look like? Well, here is a pretty typical example, from the City of London Sessions Papers (1692), in which I’ve highlighted the structural and most characteristic elements: [1] To the right honourable the Lord … Continue reading

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What can you do with 10,000 18th-century petitions? 1: Counting Stuff

Since my last post introducing the new London Lives petitions project, I’ve released a slightly updated version of the data: I added some petitions and letters I’d missed on the first sweep and removed a few documents that were either … Continue reading

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The humble petitioners of 18th-century London

I’ve spent the last couple of months on a mission to find petitions in the Sessions Papers of London Lives. The outcome of that quest is just over 10,000 petitions which I’ve made available under a Creative Commons licence, with … Continue reading

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‘she was soe stuborn that she would give me noe answer’

The many headed monster is running an online symposium on the Voices of the People (and see #voxpop2015 on Twitter) which is well worth your attention, and Anna Jenkin posted a number of responses on Twitter, musing on how the … Continue reading

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New Year, Old Stuff, Revamped: things in progress

1. Meet the new project, which also happens to be just about my oldest project: Gender and Defamation in York 1660-1700 The core of this is research I did way back in 1999 for my MA dissertation. It was the … Continue reading

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Repost: Of cats, rabbits and monstrous births

[Originally posted here, February 2005.] A couple of blog posts about monstrous births in the early modern period over the last few days: Natalie at Philobiblon discussing Agnes Bowker (supposedly delivered of a cat-like creature in 1568), and Ephelia on … Continue reading

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Repost: Learning Welsh in the sixteenth century

Originally posted here (June 2004). I got round to reading some of William Salesbury’s A briefe and a playne introduction, teaching how to pronounce the letters in the British tong… today. Rather different to Welsh pronunciation guides (this one has … Continue reading

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Repost: Wallography

Originally posted here, January 2005. In 1682, a satirical little book about the Welsh was published: Wallography, or the Britton described, by “WR”, an English clergyman named William Richards.* It purported to describe, first, a journey from London to the … Continue reading

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