The Early Modern Commons


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The longevity of Mary Aubry who was executed by burning in 1688

30 July 2019

Sometimes during my research, which currently involves collecting and collating information about the treatment of a corpse after death, I come across the story of an individual who...

‘Jane, yt God sent us by Cutler’s maid’: the baptismal register at St Botolph Bishopsgate in the later sixteenth century

15 May 2019

The clerk at St Botolph Bishopsgate, a large suburban parish to the north-east of London’s walls, entered the baptism of Bennett, the ‘reput[ed]’ daughter of John...

Drowning in the Seventeenth Century Parish Registers of St Giles Cripplegate

11 February 2019

The parish of St Giles Cripplegate kept meticulous records of those it interred and was one of the earliest to start recording the known cause of each death in response to an Act passed...

‘They dying in the heate of the sicknes’: burial of the dead and marginalisation of the living during the 1625 plague epidemic at St Martin in the Fields

3 January 2019

On November 30, 1625, the churchwardens of the Westminster parish of St Martin in the Fields paid the carpenter Thomas Potham for his ‘workmanshipp in settinge upp shedds in the...