Risk or reward? An eighteenth-century tontine

Risk or reward? An eighteenth-century tontine

By Diane Clements In 2018 Diane Clements graduated with an MRes from the Institute of Historical Research. Her 30,000-word dissertation looked at the workings of an eighteenth-century ‘tontine’, offering new insight on attitudes to private investment and...
Queenship and the language of politics in the thirteenth-century

Queenship and the language of politics in the thirteenth-century

By Anaïs Waag Until very recently medieval studies was dominated by the perception that women were actively kept away from political power – a notion we owe mainly to nineteenth-century historians. While there was undoubtedly a preference for male rulers throughout...
Equal pay for equal work: Jill Craigie’s To Be a Woman

Equal pay for equal work: Jill Craigie’s To Be a Woman

By Jo Fox Equal pay has long been at the heart of feminist activism. The struggle for enfranchisement was but one component of the suffragette’s campaign – equal pay was another, with Millicent Fawcett arguing for ‘equal pay for equal work’ in the Economic Journal in...

Riots

For digital offices, IHR Digital always seems to have a lot of paper products around. At the nexus of Reviews in History sits the Great Cham of reviewing, Danny Millum, with teams of assistants bringing copies of the latest history titles to his desk. The editors of...

Was Titus Oates Ugly?

I’m struck by the fact that in Volume 8 of English Historical Documents, both the documents which deal with Titus Oates concentrate on his physical appearance. Roger North’s Examen (document 397) describes him like this: He was a low man, of an ill-cut,...

Christmas violence

The Christmas story is a violent one, at least according to the account in Matthew’s gospel: When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old...