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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

Shakespeare, bonfires and climate change

Guy Fawkes procession Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, celebrated in the UK on 5 November, marks the anniversary of an attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605 while Shakespeare was living and working in London. Macbeth was his strongest response to the...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 5 Nov 2021

It cost me a cold

Travelling and bathing In June 1645 John Evelyn travelled from Rome to Venice. The journey left him extremely weary and so he decided to visit the ‘Bagnias’ to take a bath. He described the experience as follows: [The bath] treat after the...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 7 Oct 2020

“Heavy Fumes of Charcoal Creep into the Brain”

Lake Eola (2005) by Steven Willis In March of 2018 I attended the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Orlando, Florida and delivered a brief paper on John Evelyn’s late-seventeenth-century pamphlet Fumifugium: Or, The Inconvenience...
From: The 18th-Century Common on 14 May 2018

You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the Time (Redux)

The current media storm about ‘alternative facts’ put me in mind of a post I first published on 1 November 2011, when this blog was read by two men, a dog, and a vole called Kevin. So I thought I’d re-post it now for a rather wider audience,...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 30 Jan 2017

Surgical Spectators

As we saw in the last post John Evelyn’s Kalendarium contains many references to health and sickness, both his own and his family members. His diary entries, written after the event from notes, show that he had a keen interest
From: Early Modern Medicine on 22 Jun 2016

Catching Cold

John Evelyn was a seventeenth-century writer and gardener. He kept notes from which he compiled a diary, the Kalendarium. This tells the story of his life from 1620 through to 1706. During the era of the civil wars Evelyn spent
From: Early Modern Medicine on 8 Jun 2016

The Banqueting House Whitehall-DRAFT

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From: Hoydens and Firebrands on 8 Jun 2014

The Eventful Life of Sir Kenelm Digby

Sir Kenelm Digby had the kind of life that makes for an interesting story - an English courtier and privateer, he travelled throughout Europe, was multi-lingual, interested in alchemy and natural philosophy, and was a naval administrator. I really admire...
From: Hoydens and Firebrands on 23 Mar 2014

Edward Stillingfleet, Narcissus Marsh and the first public library in Ireland

Bishops of Worcester have been collectors of books for over four centuries. Bishop Hurd was the only one to build a library at Hartlebury but if his predecessor, Bishop Stillingfleet ,had thought of doing so he would have been hard pressed to find the...
From: The Hurd Library on 25 Jun 2013

Restoration Sallets

Salads, or sallats/sallets, are lovely and usually really healthy, and the information we have from the late 1600s showed their increasing popularity upon the Restoration table. The most rudimentary study of the history salads would lead one to John Evelyn’s...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 16 May 2013

Oliver Cromwell: the state funeral of a divisive leader

It was a coronation of sorts. After Oliver Cromwell died on 3 September 1658, the effigy of the Lord Protector lay in state in Somerset House In one hand was a sceptre, in the other an orb. And just above his head, on a small velvet cushion, was a crown. We...
From: Parthenissa on 13 Apr 2013

Lucy Walter

One of Charles II’s earliest great passions, Lucy Walter, sometimes Lucy Barlow, a Royalist exile of Welsh ancestry who became his bedfellow (possibly his wife) and then the mother of his son, James, the future doomed Duke of Monmouth. Lucy was...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 6 Mar 2013

Elegant Evelyn

John Evelyn is my favourite diarist of the 17th century. Why? He calmly noted things that happened, what he observed, with none of the high marital drama that Pervy Pepys recounted in his diary. Also, he was far more prolific in his writing than the far...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 27 Feb 2013

The English Atlantic, Kenelm Digby, and John Evelyn

Our third and final seminar series was rounded out this summer by a triumvirate of superb presentations with a decidedly British twist: An Index of Modernity: Narratives of Communications in the Late Seventeenth-Century English Atlantic In his paper on...

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