I am back in comfortable Santa Barbara, CA now. It is nice to go outside without a scarf. I should do a long update after having been gone so long, but I am afraid I do not have the time just yet. I am presenting at PCCBS this weekend and I need to finish up the paper. It’s mostly done, but it isn’t very polished, and I think it might be a bit confusing. Work, work, work.
It’s taken from a paper I wrote last year that I will be turning into a chapter of my dissertation. I am looking at the publication of accounts of Charles I’s trial, and Mabbott’s role in disseminating them. In doing so, I look at Mabbott’s relationship with two other major newsbook editors: Samuel Pecke and Henry Walker. I find that Mabbott used his (and the army’s) relationship with Pecke to facilitate the dissemination of the version of the trial published in the Moderate. The version in the Moderate was in turn extracted from the separate published as the Narrative. To make a long story short, the New Model organized the publication of that account of the trial, using Mabbott and his connections in London to facilitate it. At the same time, Mabbott’s rivalry with Walker allowed/forced Walker to publish his own account of the trial, the Notes. Thus, the episode shows an odd mix of personal, official, and public in the production of the news. That could be interesting, right?
My work lately has been indicating the extreme importance of Mabbott’s personal relationships throughout his careers (licenser, agent, lobbyist, embezzler, etc.) which grew as government continued to professionalize, and I will probably have more to say on that in the future. Being a parliamentary clerk opened a lot of doors for him.
I have also found out that Mabbott was a bit of a rake, though a very energetic one. But I digress.