Publication & Open Access

The Royal Historical Society is actively engaged in ongoing debates about the future of arts and humanities publishing.

New Historical Perspectives

Our new Open-Access book series, New Historical Perspectives, is aimed at early career historians (with no publication fees for authors). Books are commissioned and edited by the RHS, and published by the Institute of Historical Research and the University of London. Find out more about the book series, and the first volumes, here.

The New Historical Perspectives series has a number of distinctive features:

  • published simultaneously in both hard copy and as fully Open-Access high-quality digital publications through the Humanities Digital Library, a new publishing platform from the University of London.
  • no fees for early career researchers publishing in the NHP series. The RHS and IHR will also advise on the correct licenses to ensure authors retain maximum control of their published works
  • includes a wide variety of different book types, including monographs, edited volumes, and shorter form works (such as those too long to be journal articles but not as long as traditional monographs).

Open Access Policy Work

We are engaging closely with wider debates about open access publishing:

  • May 2020: RHS Response to UKRI Open Access Review, available here.
  • October 2019: RHS Guidance Paper Plan S and the History Journal Landscape. This report is designed to assist History and broader Humanities & Social Sciences stakeholders to understand and navigate the current policy frontiers of open access publishing for peer reviewed scholarly journals.
  • July 2019: Interim Working Paper Plan S and the Hybrid History Journal Landscape: a preliminary mapping of current preparedness for Plan S open access implementation among UK and international ‘hybrid’ History journals and designed to elicit further evidence, feedback and corrections for a more comprehensive analysis to be published in October 2019.
  • May 2019: response to the Updated Guidance on Plan S, available here.
  • April 2019: RHS published a Working Paper assessing the implications of Plan S compliance for history researchers, focusing particularly on those with Wellcome funding.
  • February 2019: we submitted a response to the consultation on the ‘Plan S’ open-access initiative, which is available here.
  • January 2019: publication of a briefing paper, call for evidence and interim report, available here.

Publishing and the Research Excellence Framework

In early 2018, the government announced that for REF2027 policies on open access journal articles would be extended to include monographs.

UK Scholarly Communications Licence

Read our briefing (March 2018): The UK Scholarly Communications Licence: What it is, and why it matters for the Arts & Humanities.


RHS Submits Response to UKRI Open Access Review

The RHS has made a substantial response to the UKRI Open Access Review, the outcome of which will determine open access policies for the UK Research Councils and inform the requirements for outputs submitted to the REF after REF2021.

Full information about the UKRI consultation is available here:

Download the Royal Historical Society’s full response to the consultation here.


New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is a new book series for early career scholars (within ten years of their doctorate), commissioned and edited by the RHS, and published by the Institute of Historical Research and University of London Press. The series was launched in April 2016 with support from Economic History Society and Past and Present.

NHP offers its authors an opportunity to rewrite a PhD thesis for publication. The substantial reports of peer reviewers and the Author Workshops that we offer each of our authors are an essential part of that process.

Each NHP title will be available as an OA download, eBook, and in hard and paperback formats. Each New Historical Perspectives title will also feature on the IHR’s Open Access books platform, JSTOR’s OA books platform, increasing discoverability and the option to access and share a book at the chapter level.


Volumes in the NHP Series

All volumes are available in hardback, paperback, ePub and Open Access PDF formats.

Coming Soon… Find out about all the published and upcoming volumes in the NHP series.


About the NHP Series

New Historical Perspectives books are published simultaneously in both hard copy and as fully Open-Access high-quality digital publications through the Humanities Digital Library, a new publishing platform from the University of London. Open access titles enjoy greater discoverability and accessibility. Unlike most Open-Access publication routes, there are no fees for early career researchers publishing in the NHP series. The RHS and IHR will also advise on the correct licenses to ensure authors retain maximum control of their published works.

Flexible Formats
The series will accept proposals for a wide variety of different book types, including monographs, edited volumes, and shorter form works (such as those too long to be journal articles but not as long as traditional monographs).

Peer-Review & Support
The RHS has assembled an expert editorial board (see below) to provide extensive editing and support to series authors, ensuring high standards of peer-reviewed scholarship. The author or editor of each work accepted will work closely with a contact person from the series, while monograph authors will also be eligible for ‘monograph workshops’ in which a panel of experts will offer feedback on a draft.

In addition to books solely authored by early career scholars, the series will also accept works produced by collaborations between early career historians and senior scholars.

All early career scholars who have received their doctoral degree from a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland within the last ten years are eligible to submit proposals to New Historical Perspectives.


Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal, please download and complete the NHP-Proposal-Form. Send your completed proposal to:

Information for NHP authors and editors of manuscripts

NHP workshop guidelines



For general enquiries regarding the series, please email:

If you wish to contact the series co-editors directly, please email either Professor Jane Winters ( or Professor Heather Shore (


New Historical Perspectives Editorial Board

Series Co-Editors

Prof. Elizabeth Hurren (University of Leicester): social histories of the body,  medicine, poverty and welfare from 1550 to the present.

Prof. Heather Shore (Manchester Metropolitan University): English/British social history from the 18th to the 20th centuries, with particular reference to crime, policing and youth.


Editorial Board Members

Prof. Charlotte Alston (University of Northumbria): Late 19th and early 20th century international/transnational history, Russian-Western relations, Russian Revolution, World War I.

Prof. David Andress (University of Portsmouth): France, Britain and Europe in late-18th and early 19th centuries, French Revolution, French Empire and French global interactions, 1750 to 1850.

Dr Philip Carter (Institute of Historical Research): 18th century British social history.

Dr Ian Forrest (Oxford University): Social, religious and economic history of Europe between 1200 and 1500, heresy and inquisition, social life and social regulation, power.

Dr Leigh Gardner (London School of Economics): economic and financial history of sub-Saharan Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on Africa’s global connections.

Prof. Alec Ryrie (University of Durham): Religious history, Protestant Reformation in Europe, particularly England and Scotland.

Prof. Richard Toye (University of Exeter): late-19th to 20th century Britain, politics and economics

Dr Natalie Zacek (University of Manchester): 17th to 19th century Americas and Atlantic World, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, political culture, practices of elite hegemony, slavery, race and settler colonialism.



Founding and Previous Co-Editors: Professors Penny Summerfield, Simon Newman and Jane Winters.



The Royal Historical Society has a long and proud tradition of publishing across a wide range of subjects and formats.

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, our annual flagship volume, publishes RHS papers by senior and early career historians alike, covering all periods and a wide range of subject areas.

Our New Historical Perspectives (NHP) series, launched in 2016, is our new Open Access book series for Early Career Researchers, a partnership between the RHS and the Institute of Historical Research. Each New Historical Perspectives title will feature on JSTOR’s OA books platform, increasing discoverability and the option to access and share a book at the chapter level.

The Camden Series of editions of primary sources is an invaluable research tool, with over 325 volumes available in print and to subscribers on-line. If you would like to propose a volume, please find more information here.

We have published important reports on Gender Equality in UK History (2015 and 2018) and Race, Ethnicity and Equality in UK History (2018).

With a fully searchable database of over 565,000 records, the Bibliography of British and Irish History is the most complete online bibliography for British and Irish history.

The RHS Library of more than a thousand works of historical scholarship is open to our membership and members of the public by appointment. We are also responsible for important guides to national and regional record societies and their publications.

More information about all of our publications can be found in the page menu.


Publishing Policy

Simon Newman cropSimon Newman, Chair of the Publications Committee, writes: The RHS invests heavily in support for publishing, and one of our most long established ventures is the Studies in History Series, presently published by Boydell and Brewer. The series publishes exclusively adapted PhD dissertations. As part of ongoing process of review of our publications programme we are actively considering converting this series to an Open Access model of publishing which would be free to the author (no author charges). Open Access is potentially helpful to early career researchers, as it means that the text is available free of charge to any readers world-wide from the day of publication. But it would also be published in conventional book form: authors would receive the normal allocation of free copies, with the opportunity to purchase more, and the book would still be sent to review journals in print form.

We are seeking the views of early career researchers into the Studies in History Series and into other possible forms of support we can offer the ECR community, both in publishing and other spheres. Thank you for your time.

Emma Griffin is an RHS Literary Director. She writes:

Emma Griffin

As the nation’s foremost historical society, the RHS actively promotes the publication of historical scholarship.  It does so through four different publishing ventures designed to assist scholars in undertaking and disseminating their historical research.

The Camden Series

Our longest running series is the Camden Series – it has been published continuously since 1838 and now contains over 325 volumes.  Published twice yearly by Cambridge University Press, the Camden Series produces edited collections of previously unpublished British history sources.  The Camden volumes are fully annotated and indexed and contain expert introduction and commentary.  The entire back list of the Camden Society publications is available on-line through Cambridge Journals Online.  A smaller number are also freely available through British History OnLine. The literary directors are always keen to receive new proposals for Camden editions.  The main criterion for consideration is that the sources have not been previously published and are of broad historical significance.  If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please click here for an application form.


In 1872, the RHS began publishing its annual Transactions of the Royal Historical Society – a bound copy of which is sent to all members of the society.  Transactions contains articles presented at RHS meetings in the previous year. The back list up to 2005 is available on JStor; and the entire collection from 1872 to the present is available on the CUP digital archive.

Studies in History

Since 1975 the RHS has published the Studies in History series.  Initially established by  Sir Geoffrey Elton and re-launched in 1995, this distinguished series is dedicated to publishing outstanding works by first-time authors at the beginning of their academic careers. In the process of preparing to present their work for a broader, scholarly readership, authors work closely with a member of the editorial board who acts as mentor. They also benefit from detailed, first-rate copy-editing and an excellent production team at Boydell & Brewer. So far more than 150 titles have been published in the series, which covers the whole range of the discipline from early medieval to the recent past, any geographical area, and all historical sub-disciplines. Early-career historians interested in publishing with the RHS are warmly encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)

The most recent publishing venture of the RHS is the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) – a joint venture between the RHS, the IHR, and Brepols.  The BBIH contains over half a million records, making it easily the most comprehensive online bibliography of British and Irish history.  It is fully searchable and linked to online editions of articles, library catalogues and google books, making it an invaluable resource for any historian embarking on new research.

Emma Griffin is Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She is the editor of History and a co-editor of Cultural and Social History, and the author of four books, most recently Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the British Industrial Revolution (Yale University Press, 2013).

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Early Career Historians

The Royal Historical Society is strongly committed to supporting and encouraging the work and development of Early Career Historians. 

Join Us

Our new Early Career Membership category (launched in 2020) is free of charge. It is open to all those registered for a postgraduate research degree in a historical subject, and to early career researchers within two years of submitting their corrected PhD in a historical subject.

Financial Support

We award c.£60,000 annually inGrantsto postgraduate and early career historians. We normally sponsor two 1-year doctoral fellowships with the IHR each year: the Peter Marshall Fellowship and the RHS Centenary Fellowship. Applications are made through the IHR.


Our  annual Prizes  recognise excellent scholarship amongst Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from first monographs to undergraduate dissertations. 


Our new flexible format, open access book series, New Historical Perspectives is for early career scholars who have received their doctoral degree from a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland within the last ten yearsThere are no fees for publishing in the NHP series, and an expert editorial board provides extensive editing and support.  

The Historical Transactions blog provides a forum for sharing work in progress, methodological insights and ideas for teaching best practice. We particularly encourage postgraduate and early career historians to send us their ideas. Find out more about submitting a proposal here.

The RHS Teaching Portal

In November 2020 we launched the RHS Teaching Portal which aims to be an important resource for teachers of history and a forum for debate and discussion about pedagogy in our discipline. Much of the content is directly relevant to early career historians – whether by providing guides and ideas to support teaching, or advice on topics such as research, grants and supervision.

Access the Teaching Portal.


Career Resources

OurEmploying Temporary Teaching Staff in History Code of Good Practicehighlights issues, policies, and standards that history departments (or equivalent units) should consider when employing temporary teaching staff. This was originally designed in collaboration with History Lab Plus, the network of postdoctoral historians based at the Institute for Historical Research. 

Our website hosts a set of Resources designed to help early career historians navigate grant applications, job applications and teaching. If you would like to add, or suggest a resource, please get in touch!


Education Policy

The Royal Historical Society takes a keen interest in promoting and developing the teaching of history in higher education and secondary schools.


The RHS Teaching Portal

In November 2020 we launched the RHS Teaching Portal. The impulse behind this was to demonstrate our commitment to teaching, and to fill the gap left by the demise of discipline-specific support for History by the Higher Education Academy, and to encourage innovative and effective teaching practice at a time when teaching in HEIs has come under critical scrutiny from successive governments.

The portal aims to be an important resource for teachers of history and a forum for debate and discussion about the pedagogy of our discipline. Additionally, the portal will provide support in the face of unexpected challenges, such as adapting to digital learning in a pandemic.


Access the Teaching Portal.


About the Education Policy Committee

The Education Policy Committee is chaired by our Vice President for Education, Mr Peter d’Sena, and includes elected councillors of the RHS, members from History UK (the independent national body advancing and monitoring History in UK Higher Education), the Historical Association, and secondary schools. These members bring a wealth of experience and insights, enabling the committee to effectively monitor trends in history education and provide expert advice to government and others in relevant consultations.

The Education Policy Committee’s activities include:

  • supporting the development of the Teaching Portal
  • annual meetings with School Exam Boards
  • events on topics relating to School and University curricula
  • development of an Open Access Teaching Portal (due 2020).
  • active participation in government consultations on HE and schools policy, including TEF.

You can read more about the aims of the RHS Education Policy Committee here.

Read our recent responses to TEF consultations from May 2018 and March 2019.


Archived news items relating to Education Policy appear below:

Date Headline
19 Mar 2019 Royal Historical Society responds to TEF Review
19 Jun 2018 New School History Curriculum Briefing Pack
21 May 2018 Subject-level TEF Consultation
22 Jan 2018 RHS sponsors Historical Association Quality Mark
23 Oct 2017 RHS Submission to Education Committee on ‘Value for Money’
02 Oct 2017 HEFCE Recruitment for TEF Panel Members
17 Sep 2017 Education Policy Committee Overview
30 Mar 2017 RHS Submission to British Academy Flagship Skills Project
13 Apr 2016 Response to Stern Review of the REF
26 Jan 2016 RHS Letter on Initial Teacher Training


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Updated 7 May 2020



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Studies in History

Studies in History was founded by Sir Geoffrey Elton in 1975 and re-launched in 1995, with the support of the Economic History Society and the Past and Present Society.

Studies in History Series established itself as one of the principal publishers of monographs by early-career historians across the full breadth of the discipline and launched the careers of many distinguished historians. After forty years of successful publishing in this form, Studies in History drew to a close in 2020, with the launch of our new open access book series, New Historical Perspectives.

If you are an early career scholar and would like to publish your monograph with the RHS, please consider submitting a proposal to New Historical Perspectives.


Recent Publications

Luke Blaxill, The War of Words: the Language of British Elections, 1880 – 1922 (2020)

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century have been widely eulogised as a “golden age” of popular platform oratory. This book considers the language of British elections – especially stump speeches – during this period. It employs a “big data” methodology inspired by computational linguistics, using text-mining to analyse over five million words delivered by Conservative, Liberal and Labour candidates in the nine elections that took place in this period. It systematically and authoritatively quantifies how and how far key issues, values, traditions and personalities manifested themselves in wider party discourse.The author reassesses a number of central historical debates, arguing that historians have considerably underestimated the transformative impact of the 1883-5 reforms on rural party language, and the purchase of Joseph Chamberlain’s Unauthorized Programme; that the centrality of Home Rule and Imperialism in the late 1880s and 1890s have been exaggerated; and that the New Liberalism’s linguistic impact was relatively weak, failing to contain the message of the emerging Labour alternative.


Tom Hulme, After the Shock City: Urban Culture and the Making of Modern Citizenship (2019)

 After the Shock City is a comparative and transnational study of urban culture in Britain and the US from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Using the industrial cities of Manchester and Chicago as case studies, the book traces the idea of ‘citizenship’ across different areas of local life – from philosophy and festivals to historical re-enactment and public housing. Coalitions of voluntary associations, municipal government and local elites lambasted modern urban culture as the cause of social disintegration. But rather than simply decanting the population to new and smaller settlements they tried to re-imagine a reformed city as a place that could foster loyal and healthy communities. Celebrating civic progress in the period since the ‘shock city’ of the nineteenth century, they sought to create a sense of local pride that could bracket growing class and racial tensions. The diverse individuals, groups and communities of the city reacted in different ways to this message. Some jumped on board, happy to gather under the identity of one civic banner. Others, held back by discriminatory structures of society, chose to shape their own idea of citizenship – one that looked far beyond the city for a sense of belonging and rights. Historians have tended to emphasise the rise of national identity, state centralisation and popular patriotism at the expense of distinctive local identities, municipal autonomy and expressions of civic pride. After the Shock City redresses this imbalance and demonstrates how local ideas of belonging could still exert a powerful hold until at least the 1930s.


George Southcombe, The Wonders of the Lord: the Culture of Dissent in Restoration England (2019).

Over the past generation, scholars have offered a much deeper and more persuasive account of the centrality of religious issues in shaping the political and cultural worlds of Restoration England. However, in this work the voices of individual dissenters have not always been clearly heard. This book offers a fresh and challenging new approach to those that the confessional state of Restoration England had no prospect of silencing. it provides case studies of a range of very different but highly articulate dissenters, focusing on their modes of political activism, and on the varieties of dissenting response to the Restoration. Each case study demonstrates the vitality and integrity of witnesses to a spectrum of post-revolutionary Protestantism. This book seeks, through an exploration of textual culture, to illuminate both the varied ways in which Nonconformists sought to engage with central authorities in Church and State, and the development of Nonconformist identities during the period. It is necessarily interdisciplinary in approach and includes close readings of a large number of literary – particularly poetic – texts. It also contributes to wider historiographical debates concerning the significance of print culture and the relationship of ‘popular’ culture and theology.

Ceri Law, Contested Reformations in the University of Cambridge, c.1535-84

The University of Cambridge has long been heralded as the nursery of the English Reformation: a precociously evangelical and then puritan Tudor institution. Spanning fifty years and four reigns and based on extensive archival research, this book reveals a much more nuanced experience of religious change in this unique community. Instead of Protestant triumph, there were multiple, contested responses to royal religious policy across the sixteenth century. The University’s importance as both a symbol and an agent of religious change meant that successive regimes and politicians worked hard to stamp their visions of religious uniformity onto it. It was also equipped with some of England’s most talented theologians and preachers. Yet in the maze of the collegiate structure, the conformity they sought proved frustratingly elusive. The religious struggles which this book traces reveal not only the persistence of real doctrinal conflict in Cambridge throughout the Reformation period, but also more complex patterns of accommodation, conformity and resistance shaped by social, political and institutional context. As well as an important new perspective on this critical intellectual and religious community, this book also provides broader insights on the conflicted nature of religious change in sixteenth-century England.


Michelle Beer, Queenship at the Renaissance Courts of Britain: Catherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor, 1503-1533

Catherine of Aragon (r.1509-1533) and her sister-in-law Margaret Tudor (r.1503-1513) presided as queens over the glittering sixteenth-century courts of England and Scotland, alongside their husbands Henry VIII of England and James IV of Scotland. Although we know a great deal about these two formidable sixteenth-century kings, yet we understand very little about how their two queens contributed to their reigns. How did these young, foreign women become effective and trusted consorts, and powerful political figures in their own right? This book argues that Catherine and Margaret’s performance of queenship combined medieval queenly virtues with the new opportunities for influence and power offered by Renaissance court culture. Royal rituals such as childbirth and the Royal Maundy, courtly spectacles such as tournaments, banquets, and diplomatic summits, or practices such as arranged marriages and gift-giving, were all moments when Catherine and Margaret could assert their honour, status and identity as queens. Their husbands’ support for their activities at court helped bring them the influence and patronage necessary to pursue their own political goals and obtain favour and rewards for their servants and followers. Situating Catherine and Margaret’s careers within the history of the royal courts of England and Scotland and amongst their queenly peers, this book reveals these two queens as intimately connected agents of political influence and dynastic power

David Parrish, Jacobitism and anti-Jacobitism in the British Atlantic world, 1688–1727

The first half of the Britain’s long eighteenth century was a period fraught with conflicts ranging from civil wars (1688-1691) to a series of Jacobite plots, intrigues and rebellions. It was also a formative period marked by substantial changes including the growth and centralisation of an empire and the maturation of party politics and the public sphere.  Covering almost forty years of this colourful history over an expansive geographical range, David Parrish examines the existence and meaning of Jacobitism and anti-Jacobitism throughout Britain’s Atlantic empire.  Drawing on a diverse source base, Parrish ably captures the essence of the transatlantic, tripartite relationship between politics, religion and the public sphere thus contributing to our understandings of the Anglicization of the British Atlantic world.

Barbara Gribling, The Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England: negotiating the late medieval past

During the Georgian and Victorian periods, the fourteenth-century hero Edward the Black Prince became an object of cultural fascination and celebration; he and his battles played an important part in a wider reimagining of the British as a martial people, reinforced by an interest in chivalric character and a burgeoning nationalism. Drawing on a wealth of literature, histories, drama, art and material culture, this book explores the uses of Edward’s image in debates about politics, character, war and empire, assessing the contradictory meanings ascribed to the late Middle Ages in Georgian and Victorian culture as a time of heroic virtues, chivalric escapades, royal power and parliamentary development, adding to a growing literature on Georgian uses of the past by exposing an active royal and popular investment in the medieval. It reveals that the Middle Ages was contested terrain in Victorian Britain, disputing frequent modern assumptions that the Victorians saw the medieval period as an idealised and unproblematic past.


Robert Portass, The Village World of Early Medieval Spain

In the early eighth century, the Muslim general Tariq ibn Ziyad led his forces across the Straits of Gibraltar and conquered most of the Iberian Peninsula. Yet alongside the flourishing kingdom of al-Andalus, the small Christian realm of Asturias-León endured in the northern mountains. In this book, Robert Portass charts the social, economic and political development of Asturias-León from the Islamic conquest to 1031.  Applying a forensic comparative method, which examines the abundant charter material from two regions of northern Spain – the Liébana valley in Cantabria, and the Celanova region of southern Galicia – this book sheds new light on village society, the workings of government, and the constant swirl of buying, selling and donating that marked the rhythms of daily life.  It maps the contact points between rulers and ruled, offering new insights on the motivations and actions of both peasant proprietors and aristocrats.  This book is of interest to historians of rural society, economic development, and governing structures across early medieval Europe.


Stephen Werronen, Religion, Time and Religious Culture in Late Medieval Ripon

Ripon Minster was St Wilfrid’s church, and its vast parish at the edge of the Yorkshire dales was his domain, his memory living on among the people of his parish centuries after his death. Wilfrid was a saint for all seasons: his three feast days punctuated the cycle of the agricultural year and an annual procession sought his blessings on the growing crops each May. This procession brought together many of the parish’s earthly lords – the clergy and the gentry – as they carried the relics of their celestial patron. In death they hoped that they too would be remembered, and so remain a part of parish society for as long as their tombs survived or prayers were said for them in the church of Ripon.This book charts the developments in the practice of religion, and in particular the commemoration of the deceased, from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries in this important parish. In particular, it shows how the twin necessities of honouring the minster’s patron saint and remembering the parish dead had a profound effect on the practice of religion in late medieval Ripon, shaping everything from the ritual calendar to weekly and daily religious routines. It provides, moreover, insights into the state of English religion on the eve of the Reformation.


 Benjamin Dabby, Women as public moralists in Britain: from the Bluestockings to Virginia Woolf

This book explores the ways in which a tradition of women moralists in Britain shaped public debates about the nation’s moral health, and men’s and women’s responsibility to ensure it. It focusses on the role played by eight of the most significant of these women moralists whose writing on history, literature, and visual art changed contemporaries’ understanding of the lessons to be drawn from each field at the same time as they contested and redefined contemporary understandings of masculinity and femininity. In chapters which examine the critical interventions made by Anna Jameson, Hannah Lawrance, Margaret Oliphant, Marian Evans (‘George Eliot’), Eliza Lynn Linton, Beatrice Hastings, Rebecca West, and Virginia Woolf, Benjamin Dabby recovers these writers’ understanding of themselves as part of a tradition of women of letters stretching from eighteenth-century bluestockings to their own time, and the growing consensus in this period across the political range of periodicals that women’s intellectual potential was equal to men’s, and not determined by their sex. Women as public moralists in Britain represents an important new direction in debates about modern British cultural history, and sheds new light on the bluestocking legacy, the place of women in the public sphere and the development of feminism in Britain’s ‘long nineteenth century’.


Kathryn Rix, Parties, agents and electoral culture in England, 1880-1910

The electoral reforms of 1883–5 created a mass electorate and transformed English political culture. A new breed of professional organisers emerged in the constituencies in the form of full-time party agents, who handled registration, electioneering and the day-to-day political, social and educational work of local parties. This book examines the agents not only as political figures, but also as men (and occasionally women) determined to establish their status as professionals. Studying this previously neglected group provides a fresh perspective on the evolution of the modern British political system, shedding new light on debates about how effectively the Liberal and Conservative parties adapted to the challenges of mass politics after 1885. Professional agents performed a vital role as intermediaries between ‘high’ politics at Westminster and ‘low’ politics in the localities. This ground-breaking study addresses key questions about the nationalisation of electoral politics in this period, demonstrating the importance of understanding the interactions between the centre and the constituencies. It shows that while the agents’ professional networks contributed to a growing uniformity in certain aspects of party organisation, local forces continued to play a vital role in British political life.  Overall, the focus on this previously neglected group provides a fresh perspective on the evolution of the modern British political system, shedding new light on debates about how effectively the Liberal and Conservative parties adapted to the challenges of mass politics after 1885.

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Stephen Brogan, The royal touch in early modern England: politics, medicine and sin

The royal touch was the religious healing ceremony at which the monarch stroked the sores on the face and necks of people who had scrofula in order to heal them in imitation of Christ.  The rite was practised by all the Tudor and Stuart sovereigns apart from William iii, reaching its zenith during the Restoration when some 100,000 people were touched by Charles II and James II.   This ground-breaking book, the first devoted to the royal touch for almost a century, integrates political, religious, medical and intellectual history. The practice is analysed from above and below: the royal touch projected monarchical authority, but at the same time the great demand for it created numerous problems for those organising the ceremony. The healing rite is situated in the context of a number of early modern debates, including the cessation of miracles and the nature of the body politic. The book also assesses contemporary attitudes towards the royal touch, from belief through ambivalence to scepticism.  Drawing on a wide range of primary sources including images, coins, medals, and playing cards, as well as manuscripts and printed texts, it provides an important new perspective on the evolving relationship between politics, medicine and sin in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

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Elma Brenner, Leprosy and Charity in Medieval Rouen

Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, Rouen was one of the greatest cities in western Europe.  The effective capital of the ‘Angevin Empire’ between 1154 and 1204 and thereafter a leading city in the realm of the Capetian kings of France, medieval Rouen experienced periods of growth and stagnation, the emergence of communal government, and the ravages of plague and the Hundred Years’ War.  In this book, Elma Brenner examines the impact of leprosy upon Rouen during this period, and the key role played by charity in the society and religious culture of the city and its hinterland.  Based upon very extensive archival research, the book offers a new understanding of responses to disease and disability in medieval Europe.  It explores the relationship between leprosy, charity and practices of piety, and considers how leprosy featured in growing concerns about public health. This work will be of great interest to historians of urban society, medicine, religious culture and gender in the Middle Ages, as well as those studying medieval France.

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