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Anglican Travellers and the Religious Diversity of the Ottoman World: John Covel (1638-1722), the Greek Church and the Sign of the Cross

Between 1671 and 1677 John Covel, an Anglican cleric and fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, served as chaplain to the English embassy to the court of the Ottoman Empire. During this time, Covel travelled across large parts of Thrace and Asia Minor, before returning to England via much of Greece, Italy and France. Over the […]

‘What ish [the] nation?’

Something I’ve repeatedly come up against in my doctoral research is the perception of early modern England as a homogenous entity. Matthew Greenfield has rightly observed the problematic depiction of ‘English culture as a homogenous entity with clear boundaries, uncomplicated by the British question’. Happily, recent scholarship has done much to counteract this depiction, redirecting […]

Sir Henry Lello’s Embassy to Constantinople: Why information about The Islamic World and ‘The East’ was important to Early Modern England

In the late 16th century William Harborne, English ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, managed to secure a set of capitulations from the Turkish Sultan which reduced tariffs on English goods and paved the way for a fruitful economic relationship that would last until the dawn of the 20th century. Harborne’s friendly relations with the Ottoman […]

TIDE Salon: A Voyage Through our New Digital Project

‘Princess entertaining a visitor on the balcony’, mid-to-late 17th century, Met Museum. TIDE Salon is a radical new archive: a ground-breaking, interactive multimedia collaboration between TIDE, the award-winning novelist Preti Taneja, six extraordinary sound and spoken word artists (Steve Chandra Savale, Sarathy Korwar, Shama Rahman, Ms. Mohammed, Sanah Ahsan, and Zia Ahmed), curator and creative […]

‘Polyglot Encounters in Early Modern English Narratives of Distant Travels’ Report

On November 9 and 11, ERC-TIDE hosted a series of two online seminars coorganised with the LARCA research centre (UMR8225, Université de Paris) on “Polyglot Encounters in Early Modern English Narratives of Distant Travels”. With more than 300 participants from around the world for each session, the topic and attendance were very much in resonance! […]

News and Events
TIDE and Middling Culture Collaboration
May 12 2021

TIDE is pleased to announce a collaboration with the AHRC-funded Middling Culture project, directed by Professor Catherine Richardson at the University of Kent. Middling Culture examines the cultural practices of the oft-neglected ‘middling sort’, an urban and literate social group to which some of the most significant prose and dramatic writers of the period belonged. […]

Announcing the Call for Papers for On Belonging 2: English Conceptions of Migration and Transculturality, 1550 – 1700 (26 – 30 July 2021)
April 9 2021

We are happy to announce that the Call for Papers for our summer 2021 conference is now open! Leading on from our first On Belonging conference in 2018, On Belonging 2 will take place online, with sessions spread out over 5 days between 26 – 30 July 2021. The conference will reflect on how processes […]

Congratulations to Dr Tom Roberts
April 6 2021

We at TIDE are delighted to congratulate our very own Dr Tom Roberts for successfully defending his thesis, ‘The Commedia dell’Arte in the English Imagination, 1571-1611‘. Dr Roberts’ research looks at England’s interaction with the commedia dell’arte during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and how the form manifested itself in the cultural imagination […]

Dr Sam Robinson joins TIDE to help plan and deliver ‘On Belonging 2’
March 31 2021

In preparation for our final conference in July 2021, we are very pleased to announce that Dr Sam Robinson has joined TIDE to help plan and deliver the digital extravaganza. Following an ERC-funded PhD at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine of the University of Manchester as part of the Earth […]

Congratulations to Dr Emily Stevenson
March 25 2021

We at TIDE are delighted to congratulate our very own Dr Emily Stevenson for successfully defending her thesis, ‘‘Incorporate into one body torne and scattered limmes’: Recontextualising Principal Navigations within the networks of Richard Hakluyt‘. Dr Stevenson’s research focuses on reconstructing the networks, both textual and social, which surrounded late sixteenth-century English travel writers. She […]