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Popular mobilisation and physicality in the 1790s
Steve Poole

5 Treason compassed: popular mobilisation and physicality in the 1790s Madness, law and the levelling stone of John Frith., 1790 In contrast to the years following the foundation of the French republic in 1792, the first three years of the Revolution were not a great cause of alarm or controversy in England. Until the execution of Louis XVI, few profound changes were expected in the French State beyond the establishment of constitutional monarchy, land reform, equitable taxation and religious tolerance. Between 1786 and 1792, the British Government remained

in The politics of regicide in England, 1760–1850
The trial of Daire le Roux
Stephen D. White

During the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, chansons de geste, romances, and other Old French narratives produced in France and England routinely included at least one episode in which a character, by accusing another character of treason, initiates a judicial plaid, that is a trial. The earliest imaginary treason trial in Old French is found in the Oxford version of La chanson de Roland from around 1100, in which Ganelon is tried for treason in Charlemagne’s court. 2 In c. 1150 the author of Le roman de Thèbes supplemented a retelling of

in Law, laity and solidarities
Can the University survive?
Author: Thomas Docherty

This book addresses the condition of the University today. There has been a fundamental betrayal of the institution by the political class, perverting it from its proper social and cultural functions. The betrayal has narrowed the scope of the University, through the commercial financialization of knowledge. In short, the sector has been politicized, and now works explicitly to advance and serve a market-fundamentalist ideology. When all human values are measured by money, then wealth is mistaken for ‘the good’. Social, cultural, and political corruption follow. The University’s leadership has become complicit in a yet more fundamental betrayal of society, as an ever-widening wedge is driven between the lives of ordinary citizens and the self-interest of the privileged and wealthy. It is no wonder that ‘experts’ are in the dock today. In 1927, the philosopher Julien Benda accused intellectuals of treason. His argument was that their thinking had been politicized, polluted by a nationalism that could only culminate in war. In 1939, Nazism explicitly corrupted the University and the intellectuals, demanding ideological allegiance instead of thought. We continue to live through the ever-worsening aftermath of this ; by endorsing an entire ideology of ‘competition’, intellectuals have established a neo-Hobbesian war of all against all as the new cornerstone of societies. This now threatens human ecological survival. In light of this, the intellectual and the University have a duty to extend democracy and social justice. This book calls upon the intellectual to assist in the survival of the species.

The Earl of Essex and Lady Penelope Rich
Chris Laoutaris

Treason. Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophe and Stella , ll. 62–66. Muse, adulteress, rebel: Penelope Rich, sister of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was one of the most notorious women of her generation. A captivating beauty, she was the subject of some of the finest poetry ever composed, the patroness of England’s most

in Essex
The Eloquence of Incompletion
Cedric C. Brown

This article gives new information on the so-called Letter-book of John, Viscount Mordaunt (Rylands MS GB 133) beyond that in RHS Camden Series LXIX, identifies the likely scribe, and dates the transcription to late 1660. It shows how the large format book was created to record the heroic role played by Mordaunt and his wife Elizabeth (née Carey) in the achievement of Restoration, and how the unfinished state of the textual project adds to our knowledge of the social and political difficulties experienced by Mordaunt, a client of Clarendon. Beyond its historiographical value for understanding the activities of the plenipotentiary, the book helps to tell the story of Mordaunt’s headlong career from his treason trial in 1658 to his impeachment in 1667, the extraordinary supportive agency of Elizabeth, including managing secret correspondence in 1659, the complexities of the Mordaunts’ friendship with John Evelyn, and their loyalty to their fallen patron Clarendon extending to exile in Montpellier in 1668.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Jonathan Bolton

,” the brutalities of public-school life, delusions about an idealized England, the crass materialism of capitalism—not “the England of the watermill and the cricket field.”  11 The manner in which Traitor discloses Harris's resentful motives for committing treason suggests that Potter had long conceived of the Cambridge spy ring as a class-based phenomenon, and that he viewed the Cambridge Five as political dissidents, not necessarily as traitors to their country. As Humphrey Carpenter notes, Potter often recycled

in The Blunt Affair
Essays in honour of Susan Reynolds

This book is dedicated to Susan Reynolds and celebrates the work of a scholar whose views have been central to reappraisals of the position of the laity in the Middle Ages. The themes and concerns include a medieval world in which the activity and attitudes of the laity are not obscured by ideas expressed more systematically in theoretical treatises by ecclesiastics; a world in which lay collective action and thought take centre stage. Reynolds has written her own Middle Ages, especially in her innovative book Kingdoms and Communities whose influence can be seen in so many of the essays. Collectivities, solidarities and collective action are everywhere in these essays, as Reynolds has shown us to expect them to be. Collective action was carried out often in pursuit of social peace, but it existed precisely because there was discord. Of the narratives and interpretative frameworks with which Reynolds's work has been concerned, the book has least to say directly on the debate over feudalism. The book engages many of the themes of Reynolds's work and pursues some of the issues which are prominent in re-examinations of the medieval world and in studies of the medieval laity. It discusses secular aristocratic attitudes towards judicial combat within the broader setting of fictional 'treason trials' of the later twelfth century. Although kinship did not start out as an explicit and overt theme of the book, it emerges as a leitmotiv, perhaps in part because when feudalism is removed, kinship is thrown into sharper relief.

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Treason and betrayal in six modern Irish novels
Author: Gerry Smyth

This book argues that modern Irish history encompasses a deep-seated fear of betrayal, and that this fear has been especially prevalent throughout Irish society since the revolutionary period at the outset of the twentieth century. The author goes on to argue that the novel is the literary form most apt for the exploration of betrayal in its social, political and psychological dimensions. The significance of this thesis comes into focus in terms of a number of recent developments – most notably, the economic downturn (and the political and civic betrayals implicated therein) and revelations of the Catholic Church’s failure in its pastoral mission. As many observers note, such developments have brought the language of betrayal to the forefront of contemporary Irish life. After an introductory section in which he considers betrayal from a variety of religious, psychological and literary perspectives, Gerry Smyth goes on to analyse the Irish experience of betrayal: firstly through a case study of one of the country’s most beloved legends – Deirdre of the Sorrows; and secondly, through extended discussion of six powerful Irish novels in which ideas of betrayal feature centrally - from adultery in James Joyce’s Ulysses, touting in Liam O’Flaherty’s The Informer and spying Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day, through to writing itself in Francis Stuart’s Black List, Section H, murder in Eugene McCabe’s Death and Nightingales and child abuse in Anne Enright’s The Gathering (2007). This book offers a powerful analysis of modern Irish history as regarded from the perspective of some its most incisive minds.

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Author: Jonathan Bolton

The Blunt Affair: Official secrecy and treason in literature, television and film, 1980–89 examines a number of significant plays, films and novels about or related to the Cambridge spies from the time of Anthony Blunt’s unmasking as the “fourth man” in late 1979 to the end of the Cold War. This study argues that these works collectively offer a forceful response to issues at the forefront of British politics and culture in the decade, such as the rise in anti-gay sentiment and policies during the AIDs crisis, nuclear proliferation and CND’s stand against it, state secrecy and the abuse of the Official Secrets Act, Thatcherism and patriotic imperatives. This study also offers a much-needed reassessment of the literary and filmic culture of the decade, arguing that these texts, by writers as diverse as Dennis Potter, Julian Mitchell, Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard, John le Carré, Robin Chapman and Hugh Whitemore, deserve a more central place in the cultural assessment of the decade.

Peel’s Protection Act and the retreat from approachability, 1837–50
Steve Poole

who invaded the royal space; they would also produce a new Treason Act, in 1842, and cement the process of royal withdrawal usually associated only with the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Uneasiness over Victoria’s accession was not slow to surface among the populace. The new monarchy’s identification with domesticity and bourgeois family values was paradoxical in that, while kings might make excellent fathers, the role of wife-mother was ill-suited to the public sphere. This issue was made doubly controversial by the parallel growth of female radical societies

in The politics of regicide in England, 1760–1850