Tomorrow: Mills on Mischief in the Bible Moralisee

The next paper in the Exeter Medieval Seminar Series will take place Tuesday 26 February, 4pm, in Queen’s MR3


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Exeter Early Modern Seminar: Murphy on Failures of the Financial Revolution

The next Exeter Early Modern Seminar will take place on Wednesday 27 February in 128 Amory, 4-6 pm.

Dr. Anne Murphy will speak on “Public Reaction to the Failures of the English Financial Revolution.”

Dr. Murphy is Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus.  She is completing a study of The Origins of the English Financial Markets, which examines the nature of London’s early financial markets and, in particular, seeks to understand the actions of the investors who were willing to place their capital, and their trust, in those new investment opportunities.

Call for Papers: The Palatine Wedding of 1613

‘That all the world may wonder!’ The Palatine Wedding of 1613, its Celebration and Significance

The wedding of Elizabeth Stuart, the only daughter of James I, and Friedrich V, Elector of the Palatinate, was a moment of religious, political and cultural significance. At a time of mounting confessional tension in the Empire, the union was understood as a signal of James’s readiness to support the Protestants in their struggle with Catholic imperialists. While this hope may in the end have proved illusory, the marriage had substantial consequences, not least in its cultural impact on the Heidelberg court and beyond.

This multi-disciplinary international conference aims to explore the marriage of the royal princess to the prince of the Empire from a variety of angles. Its scope includes the confessional and political circumstances of the match, the wedding festivities in London and Heidelberg, the influence of English cultural traditions on the Empire, the character of the Heidelberg court before the ill-fated coronation in Bohemia, and the depiction of the newly married couple in the visual arts and contemporary reports.

The conference is to be held from 7 to 10 September 2008 at Exeter University, England.

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of between 300 and 350 words to the conference organizers:

Professor Mara Wade (
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
2090 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA

Dr Sara Smart (
The Department of Modern Languages
School of Arts, Languages and Literatures
Queen’s Building
Queen’s Drive
Exeter University
Exeter EX4 4QH UK

Upcoming Exeter Seminar: Munro on Caroline Children

The next Exeter Early Modern Seminar will take place on Wednesday 20th February, 4-6 pm, in Room 128, Amory.

Dr. Lucy Munro (Keele University) will speak on ‘The Politics of Age and Children’s Performance in Caroline England’.

Lucy Munro is author of Children of the Queen’s Revels: A Jacobean Theatre Repertory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).  Her research interests include repertory studies, editing and genre theory. 

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Renaissance Reading Group – next meeting

The inaugural meeting of Exeter’s Renaissance Reading Group on Valentine’s Day was a great success, with staff and students both showing up in numbers.  The number of people alive today who have read Dekker’s If This Be Not A Good Play, The Devil Is In It has undoubtedly increased by a significant proportion – doubled, possibly?  Not to give too much away, the devil was in it.

The Reading Group will meet again on Thursday 28 February at 1pm in the Queen’s SCR.    In keeping with the theme of “Damnable Devils and Alluring Angels,” the text for discussion will be John Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity.”

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Next for SWEM: Gilmore on Cues, Gregg on Defoe and Fletumacy

More spring events for the Southwest Early Modernist Network:

On Thursday 10th April 2008 Dr Stephen Gregg, Bath Spa University, will present his research on ‘Prigson and Fletumacy: Daniel Defoe and the languages of manliness’.

As before, a synopsis of the presentation will be circulated nearer to the meeting.

Room details to follow.

Nicola Gilmore’s presentation on “Cued Parts in English Renaissance Drama: A Case Study” takes place on Monday 10th March 2008, UWE St Matthias Campus, Room MO09, 18.00 start.

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CFP: Tenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

Registration is now open for the Tenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (19-21 June 2008 at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon).  Submissions are invited from all postgraduate students with an interest in any aspect of Shakespeare or Renaissance studies.  Each paper should be twenty minutes in length (approximately 3000 words).

The ‘BritGrad’ conference is run by graduates for graduates and in the past has welcomed students from a wide range of different countries including the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, Serbia, and the Czech Republic. Held at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, this conference provides an encouraging, friendly atmosphere in which to present a paper.  It is a unique opportunity to take part in stimulating and exciting academic discussion in the hometown of Shakespeare and the RSC.

Professor Kate McLuskie (The University of Birmingham) and Professor Peter Holland (Notre Dame University) are already confirmed as keynote speakers and there will be more speakers confirmed shortly.  For further information please visit the conference website.

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Eamon Duffy on Praying to Images

Next week Professor Eamon Duffy will deliver the first Nicholas Orme Lecture in Medieval History at Exeter University.


Wednesday 13 February, 5.15, Queen’s LT2

Before the lecture, Professor Duffy will be conducting a seminar and text workshop on the same theme at 3pm in Queen’s MR3. A drinks reception will follow the evening lecture.

Eamon Duffy is Professor of the History of Christianity at Magdalene College, Cambridge and has published extensively on late medieval and early modern popular religious beliefs and practices, on Christian art and material culture, and on the history of the papacy. His books include the seminal The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England 1400-1570 (1992), Saints and Sinners (1997), translated into many languages, including Chinese, and The Voices of Morebath: Reformation and Rebellion in an English Village (2001), winner of the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. His latest book, Marking the Hours: English People and their Prayers 1240-1570, appeared in 2007.

For further information contact Simon Barton ( or Elliot Kendall (

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