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Public lecture

(13 June 2018)

A lecture entitled ‘Blood and Ink: printing and propaganda during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms’ will be given by Alastair Fraser, Early Printed Book Librarian, Culture Durham on Monday, 18 June, 3.30pm at Palace Green Library. Tickets are free for this event, but booking is required via Eventbrite.

In 1640 King Charles I lost control not only of the English Parliament but also of censorship. During the 1640’s the press was freed from official constraints and developed into a powerful weapon, promoting both the Royalist and Parliamentarian causes and providing the public with a far from impartial view of what was going on. This talk uses items from Durham University Library’s Archives and Special Collections to examine how the wars were reported, what happened when embarrassing documents were leaked and who contemporaries blamed for the whole sorry mess.

Throughout the course of the Palace Green Library’s summer exhibition Bodies of Evidence: How science unearthed Durham’s dark secret, specialist staff from across Culture Durham and the wider university will dig deep in to Palace Green Library’s archives and special collections to bring 17th century Durham to life. Starting on Monday, 18 June, sessions will run through to 24 September. More events and activities will be added to the Palace Green Library website as they are confirmed so please check regularly for updates:

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