The Early Modern Commons

Mathew Lyons

Recent Posts

Review: White King: Charles I – Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle

30 January 2018

On New Year’s Day 1640, Charles I was in the Banqueting House participating in what would be the last court masque of his reign. Charles himself performed as King Philogenes,...

Raising money for Alzheimer’s research

17 January 2018

Just a quick post to say that I am doing the Dry January thing to raise money for research into Alzheimer’s. As some of you may know, my father developed the disease late in life....

Review: Summer’s Last Will and Testament by Thomas Nashe

10 November 2017

  Saturday 30 September saw a unique staging of Thomas Nashe’s only extant whole-authored play, Summer’s Last Will and Testament, in the Great Hall of the Bishop’s...

Mary, Countess of Shrewsbury: poetry, patronage and power

27 September 2017

This is, more or less, the text of the talk I gave earlier this month at the Wilton History Festival. Mary, Countess of Shrewsbury and the Pembroke family were the most influential...