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The Derek Keene Book Donation

The Derek Keene Book Donation

Michael Townsend from the IHR's Wohl Library highlights some of the titles included in a kind gift from the library of Prof Derek Keene. Earlier in the year both the Institute and the wider academic community were saddened to learn of the passing of Prof Derek Keene,...

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Elizabethan Witchcraft, Sorcery, and a Very Troubled Marriage

Elizabethan Witchcraft, Sorcery, and a Very Troubled Marriage

Ahead of their new book 'Star Chamber Matters', Professor K. J. Kesselring (Dalhousie) dives into some of Star Chamber’s most riveting cases including this article on, marriage, ‘male witches’ and a grieving house-wife. An extraordinary court that ruled from the...

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Queer Codes: Gay Men in the Civil Service

Queer Codes: Gay Men in the Civil Service

In this fascinating blog, Dr. James Southern, a writer and researcher for the UK government, provides some startling insight into discriminatory policies which served as the basis of an official bar on gay men working as British diplomats that lasted until 1991. The...

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

This is the last in Joe Chick's series of historic town walks using the Victoria County History’s app for mobile devices. ‘A History of English Places’ brings the VCH’s histories together with first edition Ordnance Survey mapping across England. Learn more here. With...

Freedom Seekers in Restoration London

Freedom Seekers in Restoration London

Ahead of the publication of his new book Simon Newman explores the African and South Asian people who sought to escape enslavement in seventeenth-century London.   His name was Quamy. His Akan day-name suggests that he came from the region of West Africa that we...

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Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

Town before Gown – Oxford before the University

This is the last in Joe Chick's series of historic town walks using the Victoria County History’s app for mobile devices. ‘A History of English Places’ brings the VCH’s histories together with first edition Ordnance Survey mapping across England. Learn more here. With...