This recent period has been plagued with privacy issues, the biggest of which, no doubt, has been the issue of super-injunctions and the exercising of parliamentary privilege. So, what is parliamentary privilege? … More Privacy and Parliamentary Privilege
A summary of research activity from January-March 2011. This features a lecture by Nigel Smith at the Andrew Marvell Centre in Hull; a teaching event at the University of York; and the biannual British Milton Seminar at Birmingham Central Library.
People ask why I am fascinated by writing of the English Civil War. I think it’s because of the striking relevance it strikes with the modern age as we know it. … More Solitariness: A Sweet Side-Note
Hypocrisy often challenges us because it is flagrantly public. So what of Andrew Marvell’s satire on Tom May, who switched his allegiances to Parliament? … More Public Hypocrites and Private Anger: Tom May’s Death
There are times when taking nothing seriously is a perfect remedy, and there are many kinds of humour to be found in English Civil War literature. … More Body Schema
A book I recently reviewed on royalism states the argument that ‘Defeat, like familiarity, obviously breeds contempt’. I can’t help wondering how much this applies to me now I’ve left my academic post. … More Farewell Frost, (or Waking the Dead)