The Early Modern Commons

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Bringing Sextons Back: Stepney’s Buriers, Bearers and Searchers of the Dead

13 November 2020

In my last post, I introduced the maritime hamlets of early modern Stepney and explored some of the ways in which the parish’s middling sort used admin and officeholding to establish...

How to Get Ahead in Early Modern London’s Maritime World

26 October 2020

Early modern London was a port city, which sat at the centre of England’s international networks of colonial and commercial venture. However, London’s maritime operations...

Strangeness, Jacobean Drama, and Chester

16 September 2020

On 23 April 1610, the city of Chester in the north-west of England inaugurated its new St George’s Day horse races on the surrounding fields known as the Roodee—a tradition...

Lettice Greene of Stratford-upon-Avon and her World

14 August 2020

Lettice Greene, like the majority of women in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, led a life in which her social status was determined by her male relatives. The life of her husband,...