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November 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “As compleat an Assortment as is to be met with at any Store in NORWICH.” As October became November in 1771, John-McClarren Breed continued to advertise an assortment of goods...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Nov 2021

Literary Review: The History of Magic by Chris Gosden

“Human kind / Cannot bear very much reality,” TS Eliot wrote in the Four Quartets, the fruit of his own long struggle with spiritual torment. Eliot ultimately found solace in the late-medieval Christian mysticism of Julian of Norwich, but...
From: Mathew Lyons on 26 Nov 2020

Joseph Paul – An Unscrupulous Norfolk Artist – Part 1

Let me introduce you to the Norfolk artist, Joseph Paul, who I came across a while ago on a visit to Newark  Town Hall and Museum, Nottinghamshire, who have several works paintings by him. They knew little about the artist, except that I was told...
From: All Things Georgian on 28 Oct 2020

Living through lockdown: Julian of Norwich, TS Eliot and the life-shaped hole in our hearts

For those who don’t feel inclined to watch the film I made for A Bit Lit on life during lockdown, here’s a rough transcript. My name is Mathew Lyons, and I am a freelance writer and historian. In practice, that means I am lucky enough to mostly...
From: Mathew Lyons on 15 Apr 2020

The life-shaped hole in our hearts: thoughts on living under lockdown

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to contribute a brief film to the A Bit Lit YouTube channel, created by Andy Kesson and others as a forum for thoughts on literature, history and culture during lockdown. So here I am, talking about freedom and confinement,...
From: Mathew Lyons on 14 Apr 2020

Portrait of ‘Black Charley of Norwich’ by John Dempsey

I first became acquainted with this gentleman last week when a good friend on social media messaged me with ‘I think this story needs you‘.  Say no more, I was off down that rabbit hole. What a fabulous painting by John Dempsey of an...
From: All Things Georgian on 25 Mar 2020

Perfumed Gloves, Ear Covers and Revolving Shoes

Those Georgians certainly had entrepreneurial spirit, and we came across such an example of this some time ago in an article we wrote about the things that every respectable woman should own. In 1794, this gentleman, a Mr Nosworthy,  advertised the...
From: All Things Georgian on 24 Sep 2019

Book Preview: Mysticism vs Rationality

This blog post discusses elements of Chapter 4 of my forthcoming book due out in April 2019. You can find out more about the monograph here. One of the most substantial discussions of mysticism in seventeenth century England concerned its apparent incompatibility...
From: Theosophical Transactions on 9 Apr 2019

February 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (February 26, 1768).“I will Sell as Cheap as any Man in Norwich.” Nathaniel Backus, Jr., listed several commodities and their prices in an advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 26 Feb 2018

Journal Article: The multiple identities of Julian of Norwich in Restoration England

Julian of Norwich's current popularity is undeniable. As well as being the focus of a recent BBC documentary 'The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich', she is also the subject of a steady stream of literature that can often be found inhabiting...
From: Theosophical Transactions on 2 Apr 2017

Journal Article: The multiple identities of Julian of Norwich in Restoration England

Julian of Norwich’s current popularity is undeniable. As well as being the focus of a recent BBC documentary ‘The Search for the Lost Manuscript: Julian of Norwich’, she is also the subject of a steady stream of literature that can often...
From: Theosophical Transactions on 2 Apr 2017

A Sickness Unto Death: Julian of Norwich’s Visionary Feeling

  Julian of Norwich, as depicted in the church of Ss Andrew and Mary, Langham, Norfolk. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.By Kenneth Chong, The University of Queensland Sometime around 1370 a woman in Norwich, bedridden for six days and nights,...
From: Histories of Emotion on 3 Nov 2016

Prisoners as Voters

Edward Coleburn won the 1718 by-election for alderman of the ward of Mancroft in the city of Norwich, beating his opponent William Chamberlayne by 28 votes. There was only one problem. Many of the votes cast for Coleburn had come from prisoners in the...
From: Early Modern Prisons on 26 Oct 2016

The Expulsion of the Jews from England

On 18 July 1290, a cataclysmic event took place that was to have far-reaching consequences. King Edward I ordered the expulsion of the Jews from England. Only in 1657, a total of 367 years later, were the Jews permitted to return to England. The Edict...
From: Conor Byrne on 20 Jul 2016

Who wrote 'The Book of Margery Kempe'?

The Book of Margery Kempe is undoubtedly one of the most important surviving pieces of medieval English literature. It allows us insight into a multitude of different issues: gender roles, marital relations, female authority, Lollardy, pilgrimage, fasting,...
From: Theosophical Transactions on 5 Jun 2016

St. Julian of Norwich at the Ladder with the Sisters of Sophia

"I think that Julian of Norwich is with Newman the greatest English theologian." -- Thomas Merton Ellen Awe made a presentation on Julian of Norwich at the third meeting of the Sisters of Sophia and cited that quotation from Thomas Merton.  That...

James Guidney aka Jemmy the Rockman

James Guidney, aka Jemmy the Rockman, was a well-known character on the streets of Birmingham in the latter years of the Georgian and into the Victorian era, with his red military jacket and long white beard. Jemmy was a true English eccentric and had...
From: All Things Georgian on 12 Nov 2015

‘Ranter’ women in Revolutionary Norwich

[Elizabeth Townsend’s disciplinary case, 16 and 30 May, 1650. Norfolk Record Office, FC 19/1.] In May 1650 two women were hauled up before their congregational church in Norwich for disciplinary procedures. Both had ‘divers tymes forsaken...
From: Dissenting Experience on 8 Nov 2015

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