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A discussion with David Cressy

Feb 8


The Early Modern Colloquium invites graduate students to attend a discussion on

 “Importunate Petitioners” 

A chapter from David Cressy’s book project on Charles I

Friday, February 8

Noon - 2pm
3241 Angell Hall

Lunch provided 

Please contact Sarah Linwick (slinwick@umich.edu) by February 4 to confirm your attendance or to request a copy of the chapter.



David Cressy is the Humanities Distinguished Professor of History and George III Professor of British History at The Ohio State University. As a social historian of early modern England, Cressy focuses on questions concerning society, culture, religion, and politics of England under the Tudors and Stuarts, from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century.



"Importunate Petitioners" explores attempts made by women and men of early modern England to engage with their king, Charles I. Charles I received countless petitions from sundry individuals and collectives during his reign. As Cressy writes, petitions “arrived through every avenue and agency, furthered by courtiers, officers and helpful contacts.” This chapter surveys petitions from the “two hundred and ten volumes of appearances and 32,000 bundles of pleadings” processed by the Caroline Court of Requests. Although historians have heretofore neglected this extensive, uncalendared archive, Cressy’s studydemonstrates how these petitions speak to a nexus of personal and national concerns as well as elucidate “relationships between the crown and the subject, the powerful and lowly, insiders and outsiders, men and women” in early modern England. Further, in highlighting petitions submitted by a motley of groups and figures—the vice-chancellor of the university of Cambridge, an ambitious yet dubious mathematician, aggrieved mariners, exasperated lead miners, discontented parishioners, the famous Lady Eleanor Douglas, a prophetic soldier, a painter, and the remarkable the widow of a Bristol brewer, to name only a few—Cressy illuminates how this rich archive “invites close analysis of political, religious, cultural, epidemiological, urban and gendered contexts in the reign of Charles I.”

Start Time: 2/8/2013 - 2/8/2013  12:00 PM
Location: 3241 Angell Hall
Website: http://www.umich.edu/~earlymod/events.htm
Contact: slinwick@umich.edu
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