All posts filed under: History & Classics

Petitions

New life for petitions that made English history

Dr Philip Carter, director of digital and publishing at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), marks the completion of an ambitious research partnership with historians from Birkbeck and University College London to digitise and publish more than 2,500 petitions from early modern England. Available free on IHR’s British History Online, they offer remarkable insight into the […]

Restoration

Chronicles of a librarian’s librarian – a treasure of Senate House Library

John Evelyn, the 17th-century diarist whose Restoration diary is recognised as the most extensive and informative record of a momentous period, even advised Samuel Pepys on libraries. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at his legacy.

Monarchy

The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy

Monarchies remain pivotal parts of several European countries, but how much power does a monarch really have? In a new book, The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy: European Monarchies Compared, edited by Professor Robert Hazell  and Dr Bob Morris, contributors from across Europe consider the constitutional and political role of monarchy, its powers and functions, how […]

South Sea Bubble

South Sea Bubble: a byword for folly and fraud

As oil prices tumble and we face high national debt, it seems particularly appropriate to reflect on the South Sea Bubble, a stock market crash from 300 years ago, and its contemporary documentation. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at the stories behind the headlines that were splashed across […]

Florence Nightingale

The Year of the Nurse and what an eyewitness account reveals about ‘the lady with the lamp’

As we celebrate the Year of the Nurse and the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross, Institute of English Studies research fellow Dr Karen Attar, takes a look at an eye-witness account of a nurse who accompanied Florence Nightingale, ‘the lady with the lamp’, to Scutari in 1854.