England, teaching, and Los Angeles

So I’m back in the United States.  I’m actually at the Clark Library in Los Angeles right now.  I’ve been finishing up cataloguing the pictures I took in the various archives.  It’s kind of annoying, but I’ve already figured out a bunch of stuff I missed, including something rather interesting.  One of the parliamentary clerks was having at least one of his correspondents send his newsletters directly to Mabbott, even before the clerk got his hands on them.  So I’ve found some of the newsletters and need to go take a look, since the calendar of them is rather imprecise.  I’ve also found direct evidence that Mabbott had access to at least the Commons Journal when he was writing his newsletters in the 1650s.  That could have been assumed, but it’s nice to have the supporting evidence.  Mabbott did start his career as a parliamentary clerk after all.

I’ve also got my hands on a few interesting print cases, including one with forged publisher information.  I guess it goes to show parliament’s determination to uphold its printing laws that while the perpetrators got in trouble for what they were printing, parliament seems not to have cared about the forgery.  And they were released a few days later.  Interestingly, the Commons said that while it was okay for the material to be printed, the real problem was that it only presented one side of the argument (the other side, of course).

A lot of this has to go on hold for a while because I’m trying to get a course ready for second summer session.  I decided to teach a course on the English Civil War, the Fronde, and the Catalan Revolt, and then found out how little there was in translation for the last two.  There is a reasonable amount for the Fronde, I suppose, but not many mazarinades, and almost nothing for the Catalans.

In other news, the symposium in Hull went very well, despite a sudden cold I caught the second day.  The papers were really interesting and thoughtful, and I think they showed both the progress made in this field of history as well as how many avenues there are left to explore.  What they all showed was the importance of not underestimating the power of religion as a motivator.  Of course, what else would we expect?

Although anyone reading this blog has undoubtedly already seen it, I should still point out the series of great posts over at Mercurius Politicus on the spat between John Taylor and Henry Walker.  Neither of them was particularly pleasant, so you know it has to be good.  Also, please check back regularly at my girlfriend’s blog isaacnewtonalso for updates on how her part of the UK trip went.


Filed under Henry Walker, Long Parliament, Mabbott, Print Culture, Samuel Pecke

3 responses to “England, teaching, and Los Angeles

  1. Nick

    I’m sharing your pain on the Fronde – I’m in the middle of a paper on the Mazarinades and my school-level French is struggling to cope! I really wish Christian Jouhaud’s book was available in translation, too…

    Really interesting snippets about Mabbott – for my MA dissertation I am going to be looking at some of the officially-licensed newsbooks like the Briefe Relation that followed in 1649, so this is just the kind of thing I’m interested in doing.

  2. Christopher Thompson

    There is a large collection of (downloadable)17th-century documents dealing with the Frondes and other matters at Richard Bonney’s website at Leicester University. John Elliott’s book on The Revolt of the Catalans (Cambridge University Press. 1963) should be a good starting point for your students. It is also worth looking at the theses available (free of charge) on the Networked Digital Archive of Theses and Dissertations for the Catlan revolt. You will also find there George Lee Wilder, Public Voices, Private Closets and Naked Trutch: The Pamphlet Wars, 1640-1660 (Toronto University Ph.D. 2000), which may be of interest for your own research.

  3. gilbertmabbott

    Thanks for your help! I have a number of those materials, but I’ll be sure to check out those theses in the future. I hadn’t thought of that, but I can imagine it would be a very useful source.

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