Category: Research

Exhibition – ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: The Lost Library of John Dee’

London, Royal College of Physicians. ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: The Lost Library of John Dee’ I’ve been researching Dee for nearly 4 years now, from MA to PhD, so it was not without some trepidation that I read the announcement of an exhibition of his life and books. What if this led me down an entirely […]

Literacy and Print in Early Modern Germany and England

MA student Scott Eaton discusses the relationship between literacy and print in the Early Modern period…   Over the past two centuries world literacy rates have increased dramatically thanks to widespread education (for useful interactive graphs click here). For example, from 1450 to 1550, literacy rates in Germany and Britain climbed from 7% to around […]

What are the challenges of recovering the late medieval / early modern understanding of witchcraft?

Scott Eaton, MA student in the School of History, reports on the challenges he faces while researching his MA Dissertation topic… In today’s world we often think of a witch as an ugly old woman who keeps a black cat as a pet, wears a large crooked hat and cloak, and often flies across the […]