Peter Dawson
Jeffrey Richards

party in 1904 and this launched him on his professional career. In 1909 he appeared in The Mastersingeis at Covent Garden but he disliked singing in opera, considering it ‘too much work for too little pay’. 1 On the other hand he enjoyed singing in oratorio, Messiah being a particular favourite, and in Gilbert and Sullivan he participated in the complete recordings of Iolanthe, The Pirates of

in Imperialism and music
John McAleer

. Practitioners of science and the networks they forged are important in understanding how information about, and representations of, landscapes were disseminated in Europe at the time. 4 For some, the land itself was a great territorial laboratory, useful for carrying out various scientific projects, such as botanising, recording climatic conditions, observing fauna, and even establishing observatories to study the stars. For

in Representing Africa
Fashioning a journeyer identity
Emma Robinson-Tomsett

that each day takes me further. But they say we may be back in six months’.14 Women’s counting and recording of exactly how many letters they received also indicates how important communication with home was to them. Janet Smith was disappointed ‘at not getting any letters’ before she left the United States for her return journey to Britain in 1896, noting ‘I have only had 5 letters all the time’ she had been away.15 Dora Pennyman was saddened not to receive letters from her sons during her journey on the Nile in early 1905: j 171 J women, travel and identity the

in Women, travel and identity
M. T. Clanchy

, then present at the assembly ( placitum ) in Durham’. 39 This document is one half of a chirograph recording the agreement by which Robert of St Martin gave whatever he had in the church of Blyborough and its lands to Durham. The knife, which is not inscribed like the one for Lowick, is attached to the document by a knotted strip of parchment, which passes through a hole bored in the handle and through two slits cut in the document. Like the Lowick knife, it was presumably offered to the monks by Robert of St Martin as a ‘sign’ or corroboration of his gift. In

in Law, laity and solidarities
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Alun Withey

medicines. Far less is known, as Fissell also points out, about how far men ‘cared’ in the early modern household.2 This chapter will explore the issue of domestic care for the sick, with particular emphasis on gender healing roles within the family unit. It will also highlight the important medical relationships between parents and children, such as that of father and daughter, and foreground the important role of men in collating and recording household medical knowledge. Further, as evidence in Welsh sources demonstrates, care for the sick, and especially for children

in Physick and the family
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Gordon Pirie

recording passenger and passport details, checking manifests of luggage, mail and freight, and handling customs documentation. Preserving the maritime tradition, the ‘purser’, as he was called, was also required to operate a fire extinguisher (by perilous wing-walking) if an engine ignited when starting. He also had to prepare flight reports (using an on-board ‘Baby Empire

in Cultures and caricatures of British imperial aviation
Andrew J. May

those communities within whose bounds other dialects prevailed, but established it as a vehicle for the later mobilisation of collective cultural and political identity among the Khasis as a group. With no knowledge of Bengali script, Jones employed the Roman alphabet when recording Khasi words. This was in most respects simply a pragmatic decision. He soon learned, however, that

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism
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Mark Bailey

Introduction Manorial accounts build upon the ‘static’ information contained in surveys, extents and rentals by recording in detail how the individual elements of the manor were managed and what they actually yielded over the agricultural year (normally Michaelmas [29 September] to Michaelmas). As such, a system of manorial accounting represented a logical and obvious

in The English manor c.1200–c.1500
Author: Mark Bailey

This book aims to provide a broad introduction to the structure and composition of the English manor between c. 1200 and c. 1500 and to serve as a user's guide to its principal records. It considers the form, evolution and usefulness to historians of a group of closely related records: surveys, custumals, extents, terriers and rentals. Manorial accounts build upon the 'static' information contained in surveys, extents and rentals by recording in detail how the individual elements of the manor were managed and what they actually yielded over the agricultural year. The earliest known manorial accounts survive from the bishop of Winchester's estate in the 1200s and 1210s, where they were enrolled with other estate and household records. The abundant records of manor courts represent the single most important source for the study of English local society in the Middle Ages, and offer unique and highly detailed information relating to a wide range of subjects. The book provides a general introduction to the manorial court, its format, procedures and business, and its usefulness to the historian, and considers changes to its business in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The decline of the frankpledge system, and by extension the declining powers of the leet court, is mirrored by a fall in the business conducted in manor courts during the fifteenth century.

Or, W. H. Auden and history

This book discusses W. H. Auden's poetry, and other poetry of the modern era; some of it concerns Auden himself. Auden was particularly important for thinking about the relationship between the extraordinary and the everyday as experienced by historical actors and in the histories written about them. Discussing the twentieth-century development of recording and writing systems among the Vai people of Liberia, anthropologist Jack Goody noted that several Vai records had been compiled by men who had worked as cooks at some point. To employ a poetical maid was a fashionable thing to do and literacy in a cook was certainly a useful commodity. The book explores to what did Auden pay homage to in 'Homage to Clio'; and why might a poet evoke the Muse of History. Auden wrote a number of poems about historical events; two are famous for his later renunciation of their historiography. 'Spain 1937' was about a civil war that had already been designated 'historical'. He had spent time in Spain, was witness to violence perpetrated by both sides during the Civil War. Historiography is to history as poetics is to poetry. In Homage to Clio, the poet reveals the Muse of History as a blank-faced girl, always, forever, present when anything happens, but with absolutely nothing to say. The book explores whether Auden's Historia is silent on the page as well as mute in her person.