Skarhult launches six new short films for middle and high schools about Sweden’s hidden women’s history


Baroness Alexandra von Schwerin with school children

Baroness Alexandra von Schwerin with school children

Skarhult Castle’s project manager, Baroness Alexandra von Schwerin, has launched six new short films about the hidden female power to counterbalance the male dominated focus of Swedish school history books.

The short films are a unique private initiative undertaken by Skarhult as an outcome of the collaborative workshop held with members of the AHRC Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe research network. They are recommended as a supplement to history teaching in middle schools. Teachers are free to use the films and related study questions in teaching. The films can be viewed via this link –

Unlocking the history of the unexpected

histories-of-the-unexpectedA major new series of podcasts that aim to unlock history has recently been launched. Created by James Daybell, Professor of Early Modern History, and Honorary Research Fellow Dr Sam Willis, Histories of the Unexpected demonstrates that anything can have a fascinating history and that everything links together in unexpected ways.  Topics up for discussion during the series include the orange, zombies, gloves, paperclips, dragons, graffiti, and blood. The podcasts are available to download on the History Hit Podcast network, which is home to the hugely successful Dan Snow’s History Hit, regularly the number one history podcast on iTunes in the UK. Further information can be found on the Plymouth University website. 

Book on Gender and Early Modern Political Culture

gender-and-political-culture-200x300James Daybell and Svante Norrhem’s new book Gender and Political Culture in Early Modern Europe was recently published by Routledge.

The volume investigates the gendered nature of political culture across early modern Europe by exploring the relationship between gender, power, and political authority and influence, and offers a rethinking of what constituted ‘politics’ and a reconsideration of how men and women operated as part of political culture. It demonstrates how underlying structures could enable or constrain political action, and how political power and influence could be exercised through social and cultural practices. Continue reading


Welcome to the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) funded “Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe” research network.  The network is led by Professor James Daybell, (Plymouth University, UK) and Professor Svante Norrhem (Lund University, Sweden) and is funded by the AHRC from August 2015 to July 2017.