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New Historical Research article:

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Episcopal emotions: tears in the life of the medieval bishop by Katherine Harvey

This article explores the significance of weeping in the lives of late medieval English bishops (c.1100−c.1400). It considers the lachrymose devotions of saintly bishops alongside tears of grief, friendship and self-pity, and asks how such displays of emotion were understood by contemporary onlookers. It is argued that a bishop’s tears were key to perceptions of his masculinity, sexuality and physical body, which in turn had significant implications for his reputation both as a prelate and as a potential saint.

New Historical Research articles

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Herbert Read and the fluid memory of the First World War: poetry, prose and polemic by Matthew S. Adams

Utilizing archival material and analysing Read’s poetry, prose and polemical writing, this article argues that Read’s perception of the war was deeply ambiguous, and shifted in response to the changing view of the conflict in British cultural history. He saw the war as at once disabling and liberating, and his continual return to the conflict as a subject in his writing was a process of attempting to fix its ultimate meaning to his life.

Black people and the criminal justice system: prejudice and practice in later 18th- and  early 19th-century London by Peter King and John Carter Wood

This article explores how attitudes to black people were translated into practice by examining how the latter fared as victims, witnesses and especially as the accused when they came to the Old Bailey in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Historical Research: new early view articles

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Royal 10 E.IV, f.18vIntelligence and intrigue in the March of Wales: noblewomen and the fall of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, 1274–82 by Emma Cavell

This article examines the part played by key baronial wives of the Welsh Marches in the defeat of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1282. It explores the hidden involvement of women in the conquest of Wales and considers the opportunities available to noblewomen, particularly non-widows, in the Welsh Marches and beyond.

Licit medicine or ‘Pythagorean necromancy’? The ‘Sphere of Life and Death’ in late medieval England by Joanne Edge

 The Elizabethan succession question in Roger Edwardes’s ‘Castra Regia’ (1569) and ‘Cista Pacis Anglie’ (1576) by Victoria Smith

 ‘A considerable portion of the defence of the Empire’: Lisbon and victualling the royal navy during the French Revolutionary War, 1793–1802 by Martin Robson

 Provincial news networks in late Elizabethan Devon by Ian Cooper

Historical Research – new virtual issue

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220px-Elizabeth_Fry_by_Charles_Robert_LeslieThe new virtual issue of Historical Research (Spring 2014)  draws together past and present articles and podcasts on the theme of Charity and Philanthropy.

Articles:

The Medieval Leper-house at ‘Lamford’, Cornwall. Nicholas Orme and Oliver Padel

‘Inky Blots and Rotten Parchment Bonds’: London, Charity briefs and the Guildhall Library. Mark Harris

Fire Disasters and Fire Relief in Sixteenth-century England: the Nantwich Fire of 1583. C. J. Kitghing

Faith, hope and money: the Jesuits and the genesis of fundraising for education, 1550–1650. Dame Olwen Hufton

‘In a few years we shall none of us that now take care of them be here’: Philanthropy and the State in the Thinking of Elizabeth Fry. Anne Summers

Female Philanthropy and Domestic Service in Victorian England. F. K. Prochaska

Working hard at giving it away: Lord Duveen, the British Museum and the Elgin marbles. Elisabeth Kehoe

Eggs, rags and whist drives: popular munificence and the development of provincial medical voluntarism between the wars. Nick Hayes and Barry M. Doyle

‘Every Citizen of Empire Implored to Save the Children!’ Empire, internationalism and the Save the Children Fund in inter-war Britain. Emily Baughan

Before the Cultural Cold Wars: American philanthropy and cultural diplomacy in the inter-war years. Katharina Rietzler

Working for the Germans: British voluntary societies and the German refugee crisis, 1945–50. Matthew Frank

 Podcasts:

Cultures of giving and charity: the Clothworkers Company in early modern London. Annaleigh Margey

Voluntarism and democracy in Britain since the 1790s. Brian Harrison

CIMG3713 ‘Improved dwellings for the industrious classes’: H.A. Darbishire’s Peabody model and its relevance for contemporary housing. Irina Davidovici

Fashioning Mothers of the Next Generation: Philanthropy in Birmingham and Sydney, 1860-1914. Elizabeth Harvey

Two Tier Philanthropy: the Philanthropists who funded the Bishop of London’s Fund and the work that the Fund financed, 1863 to 1914. Sarah Flew

Saving Aboriginal Children: Save the Children Aboriginal Preschools, white volunteers and the rural colour bar. Jennifer Jones

Historical Research – online early articles

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communism-radio-free-europe-v-usaVarious early view articles now available from Historical Research, including ‘For the freedom of captive European nations’: east European exiles in the Cold War by Martin Nekola. This article looks at the activities of political exiles from the countries of east-central and south-east Europe in the West, particularly in the U.S.A., during the Cold War. It discusses the formation of political organizations for a number of individual national exile groups, and explains that their role and standing were essentially derived from changes in international politics. The characteristic view of these anti-communist groups includes internal crises and conflicts, which were often rooted in petty quarrels, personal animosity, arguments about the legitimacy of leading bodies, an absence of charismatic leadership, and the predominance of propaganda in their work.

Also just out:

Can we conquer unemployment? The Liberal party, public works and the 1931 political crisis byPeter Sloman

Prelude to the Opium War? British reactions to the ‘Napier Fizzle’ and attitudes towards China in the mid eighteen-thirties by GAO Hao

 

Latest issue of Historical Research – May 2014 (vol 87, no 236)

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miners 2The new issue of Historical Research is now available, and among the articles is ’Rank-and-file movements and political change before the Great War: the Durham miners’ “Forward Movement”‘ by Lewis Mates, which examines political change in the Durham Miners’ Association (D.M.A.), one of the best-established, largest and most influential Edwardian trade unions.

Other content includes:

The hue and cry in medieval English towns by Samantha Sagui

The impact of land accumulation and consolidation on population trends in the pre-industrial period: two contrasting cases in the Low Countries by D. R. Curtis

Kinship and diplomacy in sixteenth-century Scotland: the earl of Northumberland’s Scottish captivity in its domestic and international context, 1569–72 by Amy Blakeway

Thinking outside the gundeck: maritime history, the royal navy and the outbreak of British civil war, 1625–42 (pages 251–274) by Richard J. Blakemore

The dominion of history: the export of historical research from Britain since 1850 by Miles Taylor

From anti-colonialism to anti-imperialism: the evolution of H. M. Hyndman’s critique of empire, c.1875–1905 by Marcus Morris

The myth of sovereignty: British immigration control in policy and practice in the nineteen-seventies by Evan Smith and Marinella Marmo

See here for more details.

The newest Friends Committee Member: Kelly Spring

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Kelly Spring, Friends Committee

Kelly Spring, Friends Committee

A less well-known, but integral part of the Institute of Historical Research is its Friends programme. Founded to support the aims of the Institute, the Friends bring together individuals from the academic community and beyond to foster the growth and development of the study of history in Britain.

The group generously funds several postgraduate research bursaries each year for students based in universities outside of London, enabling PhD candidates to take advantage of the wealth of material available in the IHR library, participate in the Institute’s seminars and conferences, and conduct research in repositories in London.

As a Friends Bursary  holder in 2012-2013, the award proved invaluable to my studies. It allowed me to access the resources at the IHR and the National Archives which resulted in the production of a chapter in my thesis. I was also able to take part in many seminars conducted at the IHR while undertaking research in London. Attendance at the seminars allowed me to learn about and engage with historians carrying out research

In learning about the Friends organisation and coming to understand the important role it plays in supporting the activities of the IHR, I became a member of the group in the summer of 2013, and was asked to join its committee in the Autumn of that year. As the newest member on the IHR Friends Committee, I am continually learning about the valuable work the group undertakes to assist with activities at the institute.  Through annual membership fees and fund raising, the Friends group supports the IHR in a number of ways, including funding seminars, giving money to purchase books for the library, and underwriting conferences and workshops. Among this year’s contributions, the Friends organisation donated money to help with the refurbishment of the institute, and offered financial assistance to the Women’s History seminar to help defray the costs of running the meetings.

Members of the organisation engage in a number of exciting activities throughout the year, participating in special events such as the annual summer outing to a place of historical note.  Last summer’s excursion took Friends to the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, where we were treated to a guided tour of the newly renovated gallery, and had refreshments in the tea room. The Friends also host film evenings at which historians present and discuss cinematic portrayals of historic events. Most recently, Professor Penelope Corfield hosted a screening of The Dutchess for the Friends group at which the audience busily searched for anachronisms in the film. Lively debates about the social, cultural and political representations of Georgian England followed.

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery

This summer’s reopening of the IHR in the North Block of Senate House promises to offer the Friends group new opportunities to contribute to the Institute and the historical community. Plans are underway to expand the Friends’ calendar to include more film evenings and other stimulating events throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Friends please visit the Friends’ webpage.  Alternatively, you can contact the IHR’s Development Office.

Historical Research – new Early View articles published

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  •  The other boys of Kilmichael’: No. 2 Section, ‘C’ Company, Auxiliary Division Royal Irish Constabulary, 28 November 1920 by Andrew Nelson
  • Female barrenness, bodily access and aromatic treatments in seventeenth-century England by Jennifer Evans
  • The harassment of Isaac Allen: puritanism, parochial politics and Prestwich’s troubles during the first English civil war by James Mawdesley [OPEN ACCESS]
  • ‘You are what you eat’: historical changes in ideas about food and identity by Steven Shapin
 
 See Wiley/Historical Research Early View

The Annual Pollard Prize 2014 – closing date Friday 30 May

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Pollard_w5cmEntries are invited for this year’s Annual Pollard Prize (sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.) awarded for the best paper presented at an IHR seminar by a postgraduate student or by a researcher within one year of completing the PhD.

First prize

Fast track publication in the prestigious IHR journal, Historical Research, and £200 of Blackwell books.

Runner up prizes

Publication in Historical Research, and a selection of Blackwell books.

Application

Applicants are required to have delivered a paper during the academic year in which the award is made. Submissions should be supported by a reference from a convenor of the appropriate seminar. Papers should be fully footnoted, although it is not necessary at this stage to follow Historical Research house style. All papers submitted must be eligible for publication.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 30 May 2014

Enquiries and submissions should be directed to the Executive Editor, Historical Research (Jane.Winters@sas.ac.uk). If you are unable to submit by email, please include a PC disk or CD-Rom with any postal submission to:

The Editor
Historical Research (Pollard Prize)
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
London WC1E 7HU

Historical Research – February 2014 (vol. 87, no. 235)

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obesity-1-Feb 2014‘To[o] much eating stifles the child’: fat bodies and reproduction in early modern England. Sarah Toulalan

Other contents:

  • Hiding the truth: exegetical discussions of Abraham’s lie from Hugh of St. Victor to Stephen Langton. Emily Corran
  • Dorset in the period of baronial reform and rebellion, 1258–67. Huw Ridgeway
  • High clergy and printers: anti-Reformation polemic in the kingdom of Poland, 1520–36. Natalia Nowakowska
  • The misuse of loyalty? James Dundas and the faculty of advocates’ letter to Queen Anne of 1711. Adrian Lashmore-Davies
  • Pressing the French and defending the Palmerstonian line: Lord William Hervey and The Times, 1846–8. Laurence M. Guymer
  • ‘They seem to have all died out’: witches and witchcraft in Lark Rise to Candleford and the English countryside, c.1830–1930. Thomas Waters
  • Investigating the sixties at a sixties institution: teaching as historiography. Lucy Robinson and Chris Warne

See Historical Research/Wiley

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