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Virtual Show & Tell: The ‘Work’ of Early Modern Paperwork

Report of online event, held on April 29 2020 ‘Thou paper-faced villain’, (Doll Tearsheet, 2 Henry IV, 5.2) Rebecca Carnevali (Warwick University), on a printed licence for carrying weapons, Bologna post-1640 Jonathan Patterson (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), on the Registres des Deliberations du Bureau de la ville de Paris, Paris 1735, recording late seventeenth-century practice …

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‘Compassionate Consumption’?: George Gascoigne’s The Noble Arte of Venerie or Hvnting and the Voice of the Dish

In May 2016 it was reported that the number of vegans in Britain had risen by 360% in ten years.1 A Guardian article, published in November 2018, indicated that this number will continue to increase in the coming years, with one in eight Britons now identifying as vegetarian or vegan, and 21% claiming to be …

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Author of first English novel kept it hidden for ten years – here’s why

A dense work of early English prose, strewn throughout with serious and teasing marginalia from its author, might not be the most likely candidate for stage adaptation – but this project has just been undertaken by a team of artists and academics in Sheffield. William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat, written in 1553, will be performed …

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New documents reveal Servetus’s life as a student and teacher in Spain

Michael Servetus (c. 1511-1553) was a renowned polymath, who is an important figure in the history of many disciplines. His nontrinitarianism led him to being condemned by Catholic authorities in France and, upon fleeing to Protestant Geneva, he was burnt at the stake for heresy. Despite his significance, until recently, there were no documents about …

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