The Early Modern Commons


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Unnatural Fashions: Wigs and Beards in the 18th Century.

10 January 2019

I’m showing my age now, but watch the 1981 Adam and the Ants promo video for ‘Stand and Deliver’ and, during a few scenes showing the ‘Dandy Highwaymen’...

The Evans Brothers and the ‘Cardigan Cancer Cure’.

3 January 2019

It’s the start of a new year, and the start of what I hope will be a sustained revival for my blog. 2018 was a bit of a busy year, one which saw me writing and researching for...

Banning the Beard.

10 October 2018

Last month it was reported that an officer in the Belfast Police was taking the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to an industrial tribunal over a matter of personal appearance....

Barbers and their Shops in Early Modern Britain.

20 September 2018

V0019646 A barber’s shop, Alresford. Coloured reproduction of an aqua Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images A barber’s...