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Jacob Verzelini and the Crutched Friars Glasshouse

‘My Best Beloved Churchyard’, wrote Charles Dickens of St Olave’s Hart Street in The Uncommercial Traveller. The plaque outside the parish church on Seething Lane in London’s financial district offers a smorgasbord of tempting historical associations. None other than ‘MOTHER GOOSE’ was interred here in September 1586. Three hundred and sixty-five victims of the Great […]

The Chinese Convert

On 5 September 1687, the University of Oxford offered a banquet in honour of James II at the Bodleian Library. The king seemed to have been less impressed by the pantagruelian menu of 111 hot and cold dishes prepared by the university, than with the Bodleian catalogue. After taking his seat, James asked if the […]

Devout Pictures and Imperilled Souls: English Travellers on the Enticements of Spain

The seventeenth-century figures and furnishings in La Macarena, Seville. A condemnation of excess, and a praise of the Aristotelian ‘golden mean’, was a rigorous benchmark for self-examination in sixteenth and seventeenth-century moral literature and political thought. Yet gentlemen also praised the desires and passions in a way that subversively celebrated the decadence of sin. ‘The […]

The Misshapen Renaissance: What broken objects tell us about early modern craft

Imitation German stoneware are commonly excavated across England. This jug was found in Rainford, Merseyside. The objects in our next #gateofaccess series may at first seem a world away from the Tudor portraits or the Italianate neoclassicism that often embody the polished appeal of the Renaissance. Here, we present a defence of the ordinary, where […]

Looking back on our 20th November TIDE seminar ‘English Travellers, Spies, and Diplomats in Foreign Courts’

On 20 November, TIDE held its first seminar of the academic year on the theme of ‘English Travellers, Spies, and Diplomats in Foreign Courts’ with Joan-Pau Rubiés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ICREA) and Nadine Akkerman (Leiden University). These two excellent papers prompted a great deal of discussion amongst the attendees, despite an unexpected fire alarm. Levant […]

News and Events
Nikesh Shukla will be 2018-19 TIDE Writer in Residence
February 19 2018

TIDE is excited to announce that the award winning author Nikesh Shukla shall be joining TIDE as our 2018-19 writer in residence. Nikesh has authored three books and his latest work, The One Who Wrote Destiny comes out in Spring 2018. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010. […]

We are thrilled to announce Dame Marina Warner shall deliver #belonging2018 public lecture
January 31 2018

We are very pleased to announce that the eminent novelist, historian, and mythographer Dame Marina Warner will deliver a public lecture at TIDE’s July conference ‘On Belonging: English Conceptions of Migration and Transculturality, 1550 – 1700’ (26-28 July 2018). We hope you had received our earlier call for papers. If not, please find attached an […]


TIDE talk: ‘Ideology and Language-change 1500-1800: Literary and Linguistic perspectives’. 20 February, 12:30. Old Library, School of the Arts. University of Liverpool.

January 23 2018

Join us and Professor Sylvia Adamson (University of Sheffield) on 20 February for an informal lunch time talk (bring your own sandwiches). Sylvia Adamson is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Sheffield and TIDE Visiting Fellow for 2018. She has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Virginia and Naples and has been […]

Announcing the CfP for TIDE’s first conference – ‘On Belonging: English Conceptions of Migration and Transculturality, 1550 – 1700
December 15 2017

Call for Papers: ‘On Belonging: English Conceptions of Migration and Transculturality, 1550 – 1700’, 26 – 28 July 2018 London Campus, University of Liverpool, 33 Finsbury Square EC2A 1AG How did early modern processes of global exchange influence English identity? How did the movement of peoples, objects, and ideas across the globe shape English concepts […]

TIDE’s Lauren Working Awarded Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Library Fellowship for 2018
November 29 2017

Lauren has received a grant for a short-term residency at the Anthropology Library in the British Museum next spring, where she will be one of two RAI fellows for the upcoming year. Her research will focus on gaining a deeper anthropological understanding of Native American material culture, to better understand the role of indigenous objects […]