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The material and visual culture of the Stuart Courts, 1589–1619

This book analyses Anna of Denmark’s material and visual patronage at the Stuart courts, examining her engagement with a wide array of expressive media including architecture, garden design, painting, music, dress, and jewellery. Encompassing Anna’s time in Denmark, England, and Scotland, it establishes patterns of interest and influence in her agency, while furthering our knowledge of Baltic-British transfer in the early modern period. Substantial archival work has facilitated a formative re-conceptualisation of James and Anna’s relationship, extended our knowledge of the constituents of consortship in the period, and has uncovered evidence to challenge the view that Anna followed the cultural accomplishments of her son, Prince Henry. This book reclaims Anna of Denmark as the influential and culturally active royal woman that her contemporaries knew. Combining politics, culture, and religion across the courts of Denmark, Scotland, and England, it enriches our understanding of royal women’s roles in early modern patriarchal societies and their impact on the development of cultural modes and fashions. This book will be of interest to upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on early modern Europe in the disciplines of Art and Architectural History, English Literature, Theatre Studies, History, and Gender Studies. It will also attract a wide range of academics working on early modern material and visual culture, and female patronage, while members of the public who enjoy the history of courts and the British royals will also find it distinctively appealing.

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biography of the king, published in 2010, offers some sense, in its bibliography, of the array of primary material, both published and unpublished, now available to the historian of the reign. In addition to piecemeal items from various repositories, it is the very large body of material from the National Archive, chiefly the records of the two great medieval organs of government, the chancery and the exchequer, which

in The reign of Edward II, 1307–27
Zoë Hudson

in rural Warwickshire. 3 Living the first thirteen or fourteen years of his life as a Catholic under Henry VIII, he witnessed the Reformation, Counter-Reformation and the establishment of Elizabeth I’s Church of England. As a young man, Stonley worked for the Secretary of State, Sir William Petre, and in the 1550s he was appointed as one of four Tellers of the Exchequer at Westminster. Around this time Richard married Anne, a young widow with three sons. Richard and Anne went on to have three daughters

in Religion and life cycles in early modern England
Cheshire on the eve of civil war
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This book aims to revisit the county study as a way into understanding the dynamics of the English civil war during the 1640s. It explores gentry culture and the extent to which early Stuart Cheshire could be said to be a ‘county community’. It investigates the responses of the county’s governing elite and puritan religious establishment to highly polarising interventions by the central government and Laudian ecclesiastical authorities during Charles I’s Personal Rule. The second half of the book provides a rich and detailed analysis of the petitioning movements and side-taking in Cheshire during 1641-42. This important contribution to understanding the local origins and outbreak of civil war in England will be of interest to all students and scholars studying the English Revolution.

Simon Walker

associated with Thomas Haxey, he should describe them as having done offence to the king, his liberty and that of his royal progenitors. 19 Richard’s royal ancestors remained a living presence, by whose exacting standards he was acutely aware that his own regime would be judged. In the hands of the king’s advisers this concern for royal rights and their recovery, based upon a grasp of legal and historical precedent, was a potentially powerful weapon. Richard himself possessed a statute collection, presented to him in 1389, and the Exchequer copy of the statutes of

in Political culture in later medieval England
A conceptual history 1200–1900

This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailing social, cultural, and intellectual environments in which they took form, and themselves performed important functions within these environments. Focusing on British and European material from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, this collection asks ‘How and why did these concepts form?’ ‘How did they connect with one another?’ and ‘What historical circumstances contributed to building these connections?’ While the emphasis is on conceptual history or a history of ideas, these essays also address the consequences of these defining forces for the people who found themselves enclosed by the shifting definitional field.

Jan Broadway

visitations was abandoned altogether.17 There were two predominant forms of public record that were of interest to local historians. The first were the legal and administrative records of Chancery, the Exchequer and so forth. The second were the ecclesiastical records held in diocesan archives. A local historian wishing to peruse such records was faced by a daunting task. There were difficulties to be overcome in both locating records and gaining access to archives. Vast numbers of legal and administrative records were held in the Tower, others were in the four treasuries of

in ‘No historie so meete’
Lindsay R. Moore

courts that exercised jurisdictions concurrent with Chancery, and acted as ‘courts of conscience’ that addressed legal issues concerning mortgages, trusts and estate administration. The Court of Exchequer, an equity court also based in London, arose in the early eighteenth century specialising in cases concerning mortgages.19 While Chancery had been the enclave of the aristocracy and the upper gentry in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, by the eighteenth century the various courts of equity in England had become accessible for middle- and lower-class litigants

in Women before the court
Northern Ireland
James Mitchell

that there should be someone well informed but detached from local politics with whom matters can on occasion be discussed. This aspect also has not been so prominent in the last few years, but at one time it was of considerable importance and is pretty sure to be again. (TNA HO 45/20942) It depended on the individual holding the post. The Duke of Abercorn commanded some respect in Northern Ireland whereas Lord Erskine, who graduated to the governorship via the Joint Exchequer Board, had little local influence. Concerns that formal mechanisms for liaison between

in Devolution in the UK
Elaine A. Byrne

executives at the expense of the state, Comerford and the other Irish Sugar executives were exempt from any punishment for their actions. The Irish exchequer would later foot a €7 million fine imposed by the European Commission due, to a large degree, to decisions taken by the same executives which were found to have seriously breached EU competition rules.8 As it happens, because Irish Sugar deliberately ignored EU competition laws, their monopoly on the Irish Sugar market meant that Irish Sugar prices were ‘among the highest in the Community, to the detriment of both

in Political corruption in Ireland, 1922–2010