The Early Modern Commons

The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England

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Gathering, transcribing, sorting and thinking: the first six months

16 July 2019

In January, we officially began our project on ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’. The funding only runs for two years, so it seemed sensible to take...

The Power of Petitioning … in Eighteenth-Century England

24 June 2019

Brodie Waddell and Sharon Howard In eighteenth-century England, ordinary people regularly petitioned county and city magistrates about personal calamities or local problems. These requests...

Petitions in Early Modern England: A Very Short Introduction

10 June 2019

Brodie Waddell Until relatively recently, the word ‘petition’ had a much wider meaning than it does today. In the twenty-first century, a petition is a request or demand...

Uncovering the Lives of Seventeenth-Century Londoners: U3A Shared Learning Project

3 June 2019

The London Region of U3As and Birkbeck’s ‘The Power of Petitioning in Seventeenth-Century England’ will be collaborating in a Shared Learning Project from September...