Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Scholar's Choice, Tudor Challenge

Edward Hall, The Union of the Two
Noble and Illustre Famelies
Undergraduate group “a” discussion leaders have been asked to provide 1-2 sentences for each of 3 documents from Key and Bucholz, Sources and Debates, ch. 2 “Reviving the Crown, Empowering the State: the Tudor Challenge,” as to what seems useful or interesting about the document, in a comment below (beginning with the one they'd most like to examine/explain/contextualize).  [By Sept. 3. Sat., Group a recommendations are due (online); document assignments & readings distributed by Sun./Mon.; Sept. 8. Thurs. Presentations.]  (Joel has already submitted same, so I provide his as the first example.)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Remembering Anniversaries: Kett's Rebellion

Samuel Wales, Under the Oak of Reformation
at his Camp on Mousehold Heath, Norwich
Robert Kett and various rebels "camped at Mousehold Heath outside the regional capital of Norfolk from 10 July until final defeat by a royal army on 27 August" 1549.  That date, 27 August, rather than the beginning of the insurrection or the execution of Kett (7 Dec.), became "an annual day for the ringing of bells in the city's many churches, and for a religious service commemorating their salvation (the latter continuing into the eighteenth century)." John Walter, ‘Kett, Robert (c.1492–1549)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.  In the early eighteenth century, painter Samuel Wale was born, possibly in Yarmouth.  It was possibly in the 1740s that Wale "painted a historical scene in oils of the Norfolk insurrectionary Robert Kett," above or to the right, which "is now in the Norwich Castle Museum." M. G. Sullivan, ‘Wale, Samuel (1721?–1786)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2009. Our Sources and Debates in English History, 1485-1714, includes 5.8 Depositions taken before the mayor and aldermen of Norwich after Kett’s Rising (1549–50), which suggests a more short-term, and less fanciful (what is that on Kett's head?), memory of the days when discussion freely ranged over the need (the ways?) to reduce the number of gentlemen and merchants.

Friday, August 19, 2011

1688 And All That

University of Nottingham Library, has a great visual representation of William of Orange's Itinerary (specifically a "map of southern England showing the routes followed by William's headquarters, four of the main Dutch commanders, and some English detachments.")  Their set of online documents, timelines, and other sources on the invasion are also worth noting.  (Thanks, and a tip of the hat to Charlie Foy.)

1688 also has its chronology (well 1685-89) here.  There is a Williamite world (well Universe) here.  And, to be fair, a Jacobite world (including an extensive set of documents) here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

(b)log rolling

London booksellers (n.d.)
In the past, I have attempted to describe blogs related to early modern England (and Wales, and Scotland, and Ireland) here, here, and here.  I will continue to draw attention to the new and noteworthy (and Early Modern Commons has an extensive EMC Blogroll).  But I have also begun a bloglist on the lower-left of this blog with several of the more interesting of the fellow laborers.

Course(s) Correction

Amended list (on the left-hand side of this blog) of The Courses (using either Early Modern England and/or Sources and Debates) based on currently active URLs (based solely on a quick, basic search):

Say good-bye (for now) to:
  • Britain in the Stuart Age, 1603-1688 (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Crown and Peoples: Early Modern Britain (Anglia Ruskin, pre-course reading)
  • England Under the Tudors, 1485-1603 (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Religion, Conflict and the Printing Press in Early Modern Europe (Illiniois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Selected Topics in Tudor and Stuart History (Western Ontario)
  • Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1500-1700 (Ohio State)
  • Tudor and Stuart England (Texas, Permian Basin)

Say hello to (among others, I am trying to recall what I added yesterday):

Monday, August 08, 2011

The (Early Modern) Revolution Will Be Crowd-sourced?

Worlds collide.  For following changes in a region stretching roughly from Morocco to Iran (which I follow myself at Small Ax), my current fave blog is iRevolution, which shows how innovation and technology such as Crisis Mapping or Crowdsourcing can be used both to understand the changes and to impel the changes themselves.  It has struck me how some of these techniques might be used by historians although we rarely have datasets as big as those.  For example, Analyzing the Libya Crisis Map Data in 3D (Video), would be fascinating to apply to, say, incidents mentioned for one year in one or two newspapers from the 1640s. (Blogger "A Trumpet of Sedition," who seems particularly focused on the mid-century revolutions, might consider how such techniques might help understand the revolutionary era from a post-revisionist stance.)

Now, iRevolution has posted Crowdsourcing Solutions and Crisis Information during the Renaissance which suggests how crowdsourcing was used in the past, in this case, to aggregate pamphlet reporting on the 1607 Severn inlet floods.  Turns out of course there already is a website for the Great Flood of 1607 with a great set of sources on same.

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