British History in the 17th Century

The seminar is one of the UK’s leading centres for the dissemination and discussion of the latest research on 17th century British and Irish history. We cover all aspects of British and Irish political history, including but not restricted to print and manuscript circulation, British and transnational communication networks, parliament and political institutions, political and religious ideas, urban political culture, politics and memory, migrant communities in Britain, and British migrant and exile communities overseas.

We warmly welcome as speakers and audience members scholars at all stages in their careers, from doctoral students to established experts in the field to independent scholars. Our seminar aims to offer an intellectually stimulating yet inclusive environment where scholars can try out new ideas and approaches. We also host panel presentations and round table events.

Our conveners greet speakers and audience members at the IHR tearoom from 4.45pm. Seminars ordinarily convene in the Pollard Room on the 3rd floor of the IHR and begin at 5.15pm. Papers are usually 45 minutes plus 30 minutes for questions. Powerpoint is available. After the seminar, the discussion continues over drink and food at a nearby venue. The seminar is able to reimburse travel expenses and our conveners will be happy to advise you on transport links.

Queries about our programme can be directed in the first instance to Joan Redmond: joan.redmond@kcl.ac.uk.
 
Our conveners
Alex Barber is Assistant Professor in early modern history at Durham. He focuses particularly on the transmission of ideas and he is currently finishing a monograph, based on his PhD thesis, on information and communication in England, 1694-1721.

Justin Champion is Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway. His work ranges widely across the history of ideas, especially the religious thought of Thomas Hobbes, toleration and religious controversy. He is currently working on Thomas Hollis, and the visual history of liberty in the Enlightenment, funded by the Leverhulme.

Joel Halcomb is Lecturer in early modern history at the University of East Anglia. He works on religious cultures in the civil war era and is currently writing a book on the congregationalist movement.

Ariel Hessayon is Reader in early modern History at Goldsmiths. He specialises in the history of ideas and has published widely on radical religion, including a recent edited collection, The Refiner’s Fire: The Collected Works of TheaurauJohn Tany (London, 2018).

Ed Legon lectures in Heritage Management at Queen Mary and researches on memory, political culture, and the experience of work. His first book, recently published, is Revolution Remembered: Seditious Memories after the British Civil Wars (Manchester, 2019).

Jason Peacey is Professor of British History at UCL. He is the author of many books and articles on politics and print culture, especially in the civil war era, including Print and Public Politics in the English Revolution (Cambridge, 2013). His current project is a microstudy of a protracted land dispute that sheds new light on the intersections between legal practices and politics in early modern England.

Joan Redmond is Lecturer in early modern British history at KCL. She has published on memory and violence and is currently writing a book, based on her PhD thesis, about sectarian violence in Ireland between 1641 and 1660.

Laura Stewart is Professor of early modern British history, University of York. She has published widely on Scottish and British political cultures, communication, and state formation, including Rethinking the Scottish Revolution: Covenanted Scotland, 1637-51 (Oxford, 2016; pbk 2018). She is currently completing a textbook, co-authored with Janay Nugent, Union and Revolution: Scotland and Beyond, 1625-1745 (Edinburgh, forthcoming).

Tim Reinke-Williams is Senior Lecturer in history, University of Northampton. He is an economic, social, and cultural historian with a particular interest in gender. His first book was entitled Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London (Basingstoke, 2014) and he is now working on early modern attitudes to men’s bodies.

Summer Term 2019
DateSeminar details
2 May
17:15
The politics of military welfare in Civil War Yorkshire
Andy Hopper (University of Leicester)
Room S8.08, Strand Building, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

16 May
17:15
Ed Legon About his new book ‘Remembering Revolution: Seditious Memories after the British Civil Wars’ (Manchester University Press, 2019)
Kate Hodgkin (Universirty of East London), Ed Legon (Queen Mary University of London), Justin Champion (RHUL)
Room 3, 11 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RF (RHUL Central London campus)

30 May
17:15
The relief of clerical widows in late seventeenth-century England
Jackie Eales (Canterbury Christ Church)
Room 3, 11 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RF (RHUL Central London campus)

13 June
17:15
Recollection in the republics: memories of the British Civil Wars in England, 1649-1659
Imogen Peck (University of Warwick)
Room 3, 11 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RF (RHUL Central London campus)

27 June
17:15
Roundtable to commemorate the life and career of Ian Roy
Room 3, 11 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RF (RHUL Central London campus)