BY JAMES GREGORY One enduring item in the British culinary self-imagination has been the plum pudding – often closely associated in festivities with the roast beef (of old England). The pudding – so named for the dried fruits which may have included fruit other than prunes – was not just for Christmas time but… Continue reading Feature: “The Political History of the English Plum Pudding in the Long Nineteenth Century”
By ANN LYON and JAMES GREGORY The political history of the British ‘long nineteenth-century’ is characterised by debates about the constitution in which parliamentary reform – the extension of the parliamentary franchise, the redrawing of constituencies, the power of the House of Lords, prominently figure. The judicial bench were recognised to have a political role… Continue reading Feature: “For the preservation of our rights and liberties: The Judiciary in the Long Nineteenth-Century and Now”
BY JAMES GREGORY A beautiful young queen is moved to commute the sentence on those condemned to be executed for high treason – with all the horrors of hanging, drawing and quartering – aided by the advice of her dashing prime minister. Viewers of the most recent, third, episode of ITV’s series, Victoria (which aired… Continue reading Feature: “Working upon the royal sympathy: researching the myth and reality of Victoria’s royal mercy”
PUNCS (Plymouth University Nineteenth Century Studies) invites proposals for 20-minute papers for a proposed international, interdisciplinary conference on 22nd and 23rd June 2017 at Plymouth University (UK) on the general theme of union and disunion. In him all union and disunion shine ‘Prologue’, Thomas Holcroft, The Deserted Daughter (1806) Among the rare phenomena of the day in… Continue reading CfP: Union & Disunion in the 19th century
Judgment everywhere. Implacable judgment in scarlet up in the Central Criminal Court or delivered in measured tones in the High Court of Chancery. Beside the Embankment in the imperial senate, judgment confidently uttered before the witnesses in committee chambers or mumbled amid the gilded crockets of a stifling House of Lords. Judgment by the bearded… Continue reading A Time of Judgment (23-24 June 2016): Conference Report
Registration is now open for ‘A Time of Judgement: The Operation and Representation of Judgement in 19th century Cultures’ to be held on 23 and 24 June 2016 at Plymouth University. Please note that you can benefit from the Early Bird Delegate rate and save £25 by booking before 31 May. This international, interdisciplinary conference seeks… Continue reading 23-24 June 2016: What did ‘Judgement’ mean in the 19th century?