Tag Archives: Early Modern

History Talking: Series 1

Lancelot in conversation with a lady who is holding a small black and white dog. British Library MS. Royal 4 E.iii, fol. 146r. History Talking: Series 1 Presented by Dr Ruth Salter, produced by Dr Richard Blakemore.

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Amsterdam Conference

by Dr Richard Blakemore At the end of June, I attended a conference in Amsterdam to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch navy’s raid on Chatham dockyard in 1667. The raid is most famous for the Dutch capture of … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Indulgent Georgian Drinking (Chocolate Wine)

by Dr Ruth Salter There are many indulgent foods that are synonymous with Christmas today, but two of the key ones must surely be chocolate and alcohol.  True, the turkey and its trimmings are Christmas classics, but it’s those festive … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: The History of the Humble Mince Pie

by Prof Helen Parish Some 400 million mince pies are consumed in the UK every year. A large number of them are left at the foot of chimneys around the world in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus, but … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Twelfth Cake

by Prof Anne Lawrence Twelfth Night: or King and Queen’ by the early-modern poet, Robert Herrick begins: Now, now the mirth comes With the cake full of plums, Where bean’s the king of the sport here; Beside we must know, … Continue reading

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