The Early Modern Commons


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Bitesized Blog Post #1 Automata & ‘The Turk!’

13 March 2019

The eighteenth century was one of technological innovations. Popular interest in science, new inventions and technologies, had never been so strong, and saw the rising popularity of...

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....