The Early Modern Commons

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Waltzing through history – and make 1st March a date in the diary….

30 January 2019

Imagine the scene: deep in the rainforest of Malaysia, head full of facts about monkeys, flying squirrels, sea eagles and giant gekkoes. Not a sensible thought in the world, and I idly...

A simply topping story: 15th January 1797

15 January 2019

  Today (15th January) is supposed to have been the date when, in 1797, a haberdasher called John Hetherington caused a sensation by wearing a top hat in the streets of London....

Bye-bye Sir Thomas (- Lawrence, that is). Died T.D.I.H. 1830.

7 January 2019

 Thomas Lawrence, 1769 – 1830 One of the people I am considering including in my next-book-but-one (about 18th Century heroes who  have missed out on the spotlight of...

An indecently good New Year to all…

1 January 2019

Having been commissioned to write a book on sex and sexuality in the eighteenth century, I started, as is my universal habit, by looking through the works of Gillray, Rowlandson and...