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  • On Knowing Stuart Hall On Knowing Stuart Hall As Stuart Hall’s biography, Familiar Stranger, has now been published and I will soon read it, it is time to recall knowing him before memory is overtaken by the text. Though how well a post graduate student can ever know his superviso lefr is questionable,  my first Masters Degree was by research ...
  • Peteloo – What We Don’t Know Considered   PETERLOO – Old Corruption’s Darkest Hour WHAT WE DON’T KNOW CONSIDERED   (i) (ii) For the Blanketeers. See files – www.hockleyandbeyond- history – Prelude to Peterloo and Remembering the Blanketeers (iii) No police meant troops were used for crowd control. (iv) Poole cites ‘the casualties of Peterloo’, Michael Bush, Lancaster 2005 3660 The Peterloo Massacre in Manchester on August 19th ...
  • Prelude to PEterloo – key events in 1817 1817 – PRELUDE TO PETERLOO- Talk at Birmingham & Midland Institute 2nd June 2017 Friday 9th June 2017 sees the 200th anniversary of the Pentridge Uprising- This has attracted substantial interest with at least 4 events planned this spring and summer. Trevor James spoke on Pentridge (Thompson’s spelling, which will be used here)in this hall three ...
  • Reaction, Reform and Peterloo- underlying issues Reaction, Reform and Peterloo – underlying issues The Peterloo Massacre was the outcome of a struggle not merely between Reformers and Conservatives, but tensions within the Reform Movement on the one hand and divisions within the Conservative interests – the Loyalists – on the other. The tendency has been to see Reform as one movement, and ...
  • Remembering the Blanketeers Pt 2 Remembering the Blanketeers Part 1 -1- Who were the blanketeers, and why do they need to be recognised? As delivered– Salford 15 3 17 – Working Class Movement Library A very curious incident. Two Hundred years last Friday – March 10th 1817 – saw the start of the March of the Blanketeers. A historical event which historians have neglected. ...
  • Remembering the Blanketeers Pt 2. Remembering the Blanketeers Pt 2 -6- a problem and its attempted solution A Tipping point By the end of January 1817 the alleged assault on the carriage of the Prince Regent provided the excuse for government action. The events of November 1816 – January 1817 proved a tipping point where the government and the reformers were concerned. The ...
  • Peterloo – searching for the reasons why Peterloo- Searching for the Reasons Why – Vers 2 The Peterloo Massacre on August 16th 1819 stands out in nineteenth century history as the most notorious example of political violence on mainland Britain. Indeed, it is a unique episode in this period of the British state using lethal force on an unarmed and non-violent demonstration. The ...
  • EPThompson, Manchester & 1817 E P Thompson, Manchester, & 1817 A tangled story The March of the Blanketeers from Manchester in 1817 has long been an obscure passage in Working Class History. In some historical accounts it is linked to the alleged Ardwick conspiracy and the Pentridge insurrection, all in the same year. However the links between the three incidents are ...
  • Marlowe’s disappearance re-examined MARLOWE’S LAST BOW – NOW PUBLISHED “A well reasoned and admirably clear account of the issues”. Professor Ken Pickering, Chair, Marlowe Society The disappearance of Christopher Marlowe on May 30th 1593 is an enduring mystery. This appeared to be solved by J Leslie Hotson through historical documents found in the Public Record Office. The official account showed Marlowe ...
  • Marlowe’s last bow published MARLOWE’S LAST BOW – NOW PUBLISHED Author- Trevor Fisher Published – Viewpoint publications Details- A4 soft cover, 16 pages, limited print Summary- As below Buy- Through the PO Box as detailed below “A well reasoned and admirably clear account of the issues”. Professor Ken Pickering, Chair, Marlowe Society The disappearance of Christopher Marlowe on May 30th 1593 is an enduring mystery. This ...
  • THE JUDAS KISS- HISTORICAL ISSUES. History and ethics David Hare’s play The Judas Kiss, originally written in 1998 but revived in the West End in 2012, deals with historical events and raises questions about the fictional treatment of real life issues. This is a play about two incidents in Oscar Wilde’s life, firstly his arrest on the afternoon following the collapse ...
  • The Lord – ‘Watchdog of the constitution’? The Watchdog of the Constitution? The arguments over the House of Lord’s rejection in October of tax credit reductions raise questions with a long history. While commentators like the New Statesman have commented on the need to reform the Lords, which is not a democratic body, a more fundamental question is what the role of the ...
  • Dangerfield – Strange Death – Reviewed REVIEW OF STRANGE DEATH 2012 EDITION The Strange Death of Liberal England by George Dangerfield Serif 2012 forword by Paul Bew It is a remarkable testimony to the power of journalism that this book is still in demand but it still sells. Modern Historical research has blown its theory to pieces. The central idea that between 1910 and ...
  • The Murder that Rocked the Throne The murder of Sir Thomas Overbury in the Tower of London was a Stuart court scandal which makes any sleaze sensation of modern times pale in comparison. While James I (James VI of Scotland) was not directly involved in the killing, the events which led to Overbury dying started with him and came back to ...
  • Trench War over Shakespeare ISSUES AROUND A SHAKESPEARE MOCK TRIAL The Shakespeare Authorship dispute reached stalement in 2013. The orthodox view that William Shakespeare of Stratford was the author received a substantial boost, with the publication of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt by the Cambridge University Press*. This was met in the summer by the Lumina Press Book Shakespeare Beyond Doubt?, putting ...
  • SHAKESPEARE CONTROVERSIES: Core issues. Not BC version  The Shakespeare Authorship debate has become a cultural battleground in a multiplicity of senses. Most obviously, the rancorous controversy between Shakespearian othodoxy and its critics, rendered more partisan by the terms Stratfordian and anti- Stratfordian, has obscured specific and general issues of considerable intellectual significance. James Shapiro, in his pathbreaking Contested Will commented that among ...
  • THE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS CONNECTION Stafford is a town in which almost nothing sensational happens. Apart from the poor chap whose partner died while making love, and thought the way to handle this was to put her naked body in a wheelie bin, I can’t recall any really sensational development that involved sex, violence and some form of high profile ...
  • Wills and Harry: Descended from the Bard? As the prospect of a new King gets nearer, speculation about the forebears of the two Princes is growing. Will there be a replacement for Elizabeth and Phillip not only royal but cultural as well? Could it be a case of Alls Well That Ends Well? as the unofficial heritage line is drawn back ...
  • History: Shakespeare and the Evidence Problem   Updated from 20 8 2011   Note: The terms ‘Stratfordian’ and ‘Anti-Stratfordian’ are used here to indicate the two camps, those who believe the historical figure William Shakespeare born Stratford 1564 was the Author of the works under his name, and ‘Anti-Stratfordian’ for those he believe ANOTHER wrote them. The terms are used without prejudice. Anti-Stratfordians ...
  • History: Enter the Tudor Prince Enter the Tudor Prince Published in The Historian, Journal of the British Historical Association, Summer 2011 #110 Shakespeare’s identity is an issue historians normally avoid – with 77 alternatives to Shakespeare now listed on Wikipedia, (1) it has become a black hole in literary studies. Denial of the orthodox (Stratfordian) view* that William Shakespeare was the Bard ...