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Are you looking for my PhD?

You can download it by clicking on this link and then clicking on the links within the post.

An Historical Oversight

I owe the blogosphere a post on Malcolm Jones’ book The Print in Early Modern England. It’s hard to know what to say really because it’s such a big book. It fills a gap in scholarship by providing a thorough overview of the print in 16th and 17th century Britain. If you’re one of the many people who find this blog on Google by typing in search terms related to 17th-century engravings, then you really ought to have a look at this book. If you’re a PhD or Masters student, definitely look at this book. You’ll be told off by your tutor if you don’t.

When I was an undergraduate Art History student way back in the mid 1990s I studied the satirical prints of 18th-century England. If memory serves me correctly, back in those days the study of the 18th-century print was still quite a new thing. When I began my PhD 8 or 9 years ago (dear me, is it really that far back in history), very little had been published on the 17th-century print. Writing my literature survey chapter was a nightmare because I couldn’t find enough literature to put in it. The book I relied on was Anthony Griffiths’ The Print in Stuart Britain. (Which students really should look at by the way.)

Anyway, back to Jones’ lovely great big book. I think there’s a lot in it for historians of early modern culture and for anyone with a general interest in English history. Students of theology and Christianity will be interested in the chapters on religious prints. For example, there’s a chapter on anti-Catholic satirical prints and another on the Godly Life. I was delighted to see a chapter on anti-Protestant and anti-sectarian imagery.

It’s hard for me to give an accurate assessment of this book because I am out of the scholarship loop. I don’t know what else has been published recently. But I think that this book has a lot of fresh new material in terms of both prints and historical quotations, and I like that very much.

The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight

Congratulations to Malcolm Jones for producing “The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight.” (Find it on Amazon at this link) I was very chuffed to find “Early Modern Rambler” in the bibliography!

Downloading the PhD

A number of people have emailed me because they are having difficulty downloading the PhD. You will need to click on the link and then click the link on the page that appears. Then finally the Word document should appear. If this isn’t working for you please email me at c1111111h111111l1111111g11111e1111o11111r111111g11111e ¬†AT and I’ll send you a copy. (remove the numbers from my email address)

Early Modern Online Bibliography

This blog is well worth checking out for information on EEBO, ECCO and the Burney Collection Online. I used the Burney Collection in the research for my PhD, and very inconvenient it was as well because it was all on microfilm in London. I must admit I’m a bit jealous of today’s students.

Nevertheless, if you check out the blog and go to the page on the Burney Collection you will find free access to the site until 30th October.


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