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Beer, Wine, and Spirits: Reflections on Intoxicants and Ghosts

This spooky season – while holed up in an isolated North Yorkshire farmhouse in the shadow of a Bly-esque seventeenth-century manor – I’ve been thinking about the connections between intoxicants and ghosts, which don’t seem to...
From: Intoxicating Spaces on 31 Oct 2020

Powerful Bundles: The Materiality of Protection Amulets in Early Modern Switzerland

By Eveline Szarka If you shop around for a protection amulet today, you will most likely stumble upon ornamental jewellery. More often than not these pieces are round in shape, and pieces featuring Kabbalistic or runic symbols are especially popular....
From: The Recipes Project on 24 Sep 2020

Beware the Ghost of the Grand-Veneur!

You're stealing through the Forest of Fontainebleau at dusk, a thick carpet of pine needles and fallen leaves muffling your footsteps, your breath rising in wispy clouds of white. The full moon peaks through the mist, bouncing off menacing piles of boulders,...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 1 Nov 2019

Enlightenment-era Ghosts and the History of Technology

A detail of one of Etienne Gaspard Robertson's "phantasmagoria."Ghosts were in the air in eighteenth-century London. Few knew this better than James Boswell, the friend and biographer of Samuel Johnson. On a gloomy Saturday in March of 1762, feeling “cold...
From: Res Obscura on 30 Oct 2019

Conference Report: Living in a Magical World: Inner Lives, 1300–19

Historians have learned to appreciate the supernatural as integral to past lives. No longer are magical beliefs and practices anachronistically condescended to as ‘superstitions’, entertained only by a credulous minority […]
From: Inner Lives on 2 Apr 2019

Dog Days: Making The Black Shuck

A ferocious hound, an omen of death, a guardian to lonely women, the size of a horse, the size of a calf, two glowing red eyes, one red eye. The […]
From: Inner Lives on 28 Feb 2019

Great Caesar’s Ghost

By Dr. John Langdon We have just reached that point where latest night bleeds into earliest morning.  A man paces restlessly in a tent in the middle of a military encampment, all his companions long since asleep.  The crucial battle looms ahead...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 23 Jan 2019

Ghosts and the Society for Psychical Research

Sometime in the mid 1770s the German scholar Georg Christoph Lichtenberg predicted with a certain degree of optimism: Our world will yet become so intricate that it will be as ridiculous to believe in a god as it is nowadays to believe in ghosts.[1]...
From: Darin Hayton on 18 Jan 2019

Workshop Report: Approaching Inner Lives: Thinking, Feeling, Believing, 1300-19

It is now a commonplace for every discussion of the history of the emotions to start with reference to an ‘affective turn’, but the overcoming of historians by emotion of […]
From: Inner Lives on 15 Aug 2017

‘Something Terrible at the Churchyard Gates’: The Strange Story of Mother Girling

A man hides under a bed, terrified. He has escaped, but is not yet safe. When asked from what exactly he is hiding, he cries out: ‘Mother is looking to […]
From: Inner Lives on 21 Jun 2017

An apparition

In a churchyard, a resurrection man holding a lantern, his hat and shovel at his feet, is surprised by ghost, rising from grave. In the background is a church and in the foreground, a skull and bone. Printmaker: Newton, Richard, 1777-1798, printmaker....
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 13 Apr 2017

The ghost in the machine

The ghost of Hamlet’s father in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Story of the Play Concisely Told with 55 Illustrations from the Cinematograph Film (1913). From the Folger Shakespeare Library Collections.  ‘…profound changes...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 26 Mar 2017

Approaching Inner Lives: Thinking, Feeling, Believing, 1300-1900

Videos of most papers are now available on our YouTube channel! To watch a specific talk, click on its title in the programme below. Tuesday 28 March 2017 Room 0.05, […]
From: Inner Lives on 18 Jan 2017

‘Some Stories Last More than a Lifetime’: Emotions, Temporality and the Ghost Tours of Port Arthur, Tasmania

Ghost Tour at Port Arthur. Photographer: Simon Birch. Image courtesy Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.By Alicia Marchant, History and Classics, The University of Tasmania About 11 o’clock I saw some loose earth fall into the trench,...
From: Histories of Emotion on 28 Oct 2016

Anxious Apparitions

As part of a larger project I’m working on, I have spent the past few weeks reading stories about seventeenth-century apparitions. In general, they are not a very scary bunch, but they are anxious, because they’ve definitely got a role...
From: streets of salem on 12 Oct 2016

The Ghosts; Or, Mrs. Duffy and Mrs. Crukshanks, written by T....

The Ghosts; Or, Mrs. Duffy and Mrs. Crukshanks, written by T. Dibdin, Esq.—Sung by Mr. Fawcett, at Covent-Garden Theatre, published 25th March 1805, by Laurie and Whittle. This broadsheet includes the lyrics of the ballad sung at Covent Garden in...

Maybe I should have cropped this engraving: there’s so...

Maybe I should have cropped this engraving: there’s so much wall in this one! (And curtain, and ceiling.) I really don’t know that this drummer has done to that woman (hypnotism? terrification?), but I believe the two spectators are terrified by this...

The 2013 Top Ten

At the Cheapside Hoard exhibition preview, Museum of London. Photo: Suzy Nightingale. Wow, what a busy and action packed year it has been – full of all manner of historical treats and excitements! As is traditional at this time of year, I’ve...
From: Madame Guillotine on 30 Dec 2013

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