Who am I?
I am Patrick Ludolph, currently an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College. I recently completed my dissertation discussing Gilbert Mabbott’s effect on the London news industry during the English Civil War.
Who was Gilbert Mabbott?
Gilbert Mabbott was a licenser of pamphlets and newsbooks from 1645 to 1649. He was also brother-in-law to Sir William Clarke and a client of John Rushworth. From 1647 to 1649, he was in the pay of the New Model Army, acting as their “agent” in London. He was a prodigious newsletter writer and later claimed to be the agent for the armies in all three kingdoms, not to mention a variety of other private and public persons. Mabbott was also the editor of the radical newsbook The Moderate. This is the shortest description I will ever give.
Why am I publishing a blog?
Mainly, I am publishing this blog because of another blog on wordpress, Mercurius Politicus, which is dealing with similar matter. It seemed like a good idea to me. I thought it would be useful for others studying early modern print culture, and they could potentially give me feedback on my research.