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Joy undimmed: John Masefield and The Midnight Folk

John Masefield was in his last year as Poet Laureate when I was born in 1966. I remember copying out his poem ‘Cargoes’ in primary school – “Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir . . .” – and wondering what all these strange, beautiful-sounding...
From: Mathew Lyons on 25 May 2022

The Great Wine Blight

The Columbian Exchange is a much discussed phenomenon, but it can have had few more surprising consequences than the near total destruction of European wine production in the 19th century. The cause was phylloxera, a microscopic yellow aphid native to...
From: Mathew Lyons on 24 May 2022

The discovery of Parkinson’s Disease

At 10am on 7 October 1794 a 39-year-old physician named James Parkinson presented himself in Whitehall for interrogation by William Pitt and the Privy Council. They were investigating what became known as the Popgun Plot, an alleged attempt to assassinate...
From: Mathew Lyons on 29 Apr 2022

Evliya Çelebi: Ottoman traveller, writer, dreamer

Evliya Çelebi was born in Istanbul on 25 March 1611. He is best known in the Anglophone world through the translations of Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall in the 19th century and, more recently, Robert Dankoff. His ten-volume Seyahatname is perhaps the longest...
From: Mathew Lyons on 22 Apr 2022

Englishobbes and Irishdoggs: Anglo-Norman Ireland and the Statutes of Kilkenny

In late medieval Ireland, they had customary words of abuse for one another. Englishobbe. Irishdogg. So deep was the antipathy that one parliament was forced to legislate against such language, on pain of a year in prison and an unspecified fine. But...
From: Mathew Lyons on 31 Mar 2022

Dante’s exile from Florence

Late-medieval Florence was riven by factional disputes based on support for or opposition to papal power. Dante Alighieri, for a brief time one of the city’s six governing officials, was part of the latter party. But after Charles of Valois entered...
From: Mathew Lyons on 24 Mar 2022

Camillo Agrippa and the Renaissance art of fencing

When change came, it was swift. Until the turn of the 1570s, Edmund Howes writes in his continuation of John Stow’s Annales, “the auncient English fight of sword and buckler was onely had in use”. Bucklers – small shields – were to be bought...
From: Mathew Lyons on 17 Mar 2022

Freshest Advices From Barbary: News & Information Flows between Restoration Britain & the Maghreb

These newspapers presented to British audiences a view of Maghrebi diversity, and diplomatic relations with Europe free of anti-Maghrebi rhetoric. By Nat Cutter, University of Melbourne Note: This blog post is cross-posted on Medieval & Early...
From: Richard who? on 13 Mar 2022

Charles Dickens and the origins of A Christmas Carol

“Marley was dead: to begin with.” It’s as good a first line for a ghost story as you could imagine. But where did A Christmas Carol begin for its author, Charles Dickens? The answer seems to be the second report of the Children’s Employment Commission,...
From: Mathew Lyons on 10 Mar 2022

An Oxford resurrection

It was Anne Greene’s great good fortune that, after she had been hanged in the castle yard at Oxford, her body was given to the university’s physicians for dissection. In the summer of 1650, Anne, aged 22, had been seduced by Geoffrey Read, the teenage...
From: Mathew Lyons on 3 Mar 2022

The rise and fall of the Sistine Chapel castrati

Eunuchs had sung for centuries in the Byzantine church, but it isn’t until the 1550s that records of castrati begin to appear in western Europe. The first known to enter the Sistine Chapel choir was a Spaniard in 1562; Sixtus V authorised their recruitment...
From: Mathew Lyons on 24 Feb 2022

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006) | Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a historian and lecturer based in Leeds, United Kingdom. He researches the life and works of several Victorian popular fiction authors and occasionally reads twenty-first century literature. Introduction At first glance, Cormac...

The women’s army of Dahomey

Founded in the early 17th century, the west African kingdom of Dahomey was a bellicose, expansionist state. It is said the king’s primary duty was to ‘make Dahomey always larger’; one 18th-century king, Agaju, boasted that – whereas his grandfather...
From: Mathew Lyons on 10 Feb 2022

Edgar the Ætheling: the might-have-been king

It is strange to think that after Harold was killed at Hastings the crown of England might have gone not to a man of Viking descent born in Normandy but an Anglo-Saxon born in Hungary. Edgar the Ætheling was the son of Edward, nephew of Edward the Confessor,...
From: Mathew Lyons on 3 Feb 2022

“Mysteries of Lisbon” (1854) by Camilo Branco | Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a historian and lecturer based in Leeds, United Kingdom, whose research focuses on the works of George W.M. Reynolds, Eugene Sue, and Victor Hugo. Introduction One cannot study nineteenth-century popular fiction without encountering...

How Eighteenth-Century Governments Worked | Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a historian and writer based in Leeds, United Kingdom, whose research interests include the popular literature of the period c.1750–c.1850. Introduction I recently had the pleasure of revisiting John W. Derry’s Politics...

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