From the Grassroots: The official launch

Last week we made the trip down to the wonderful Devon Heritage Centre for the official launch of our new oral history project, ‘From the Grassroots’. You will probably know by now that we have been fortunate enough to receive a HLF grant to run an oral history project on local politics in Devon after WWII. If you don’t, you can read all about it … Continue reading From the Grassroots: The official launch

The trial of Charles I: an early modern show trial?

To begin our day-by-day retelling of the trial of Charles I over on twitter, Philip Baker, Research Fellow on the 1624 Parliamentary Diaries project, discusses the circumstances behind the trial and its later interpretation… The trial of King Charles I – which began on this day in 1649 – remains arguably the most dramatic and famous trial in English history. Monarchs had been deposed, and … Continue reading The trial of Charles I: an early modern show trial?

How to cause a diplomatic incident with a false beard

Dr Paul Hunneyball, Senior Research Fellow on the Lords 1603-1660 section, shares the colourful Continental exploits of one of his recent research subjects, the 1st Lord Arundell of Wardour… English diplomacy in the early seventeenth century was a delicate business. The 1604 Treaty of London ended nearly two decades of war between England and Spain, but did not address the on-going conflict between Catholic Habsburg … Continue reading How to cause a diplomatic incident with a false beard

‘From the Grassroots’ launch event: you’re invited!

As you will all know, we are very excited here about our new oral history project ‘From the Grassroots: An oral history of community politics in Devon‘. To mark the start of the project, we’ll be having a launch event on 20th January at the Devon Heritage Centre. ‘From the grassroots’ will create a sound archive of people involved in local politics in Devon from … Continue reading ‘From the Grassroots’ launch event: you’re invited!