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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Joint IMEMS/CCS Lecture

27th November 2018, 17:30 to 19:15, Exhibition Hall, Ushaw College, Profossor Stephen Taylor


Professor Stephen Taylor

‘Sir Edward Coleman (1636-1678): Catholic martyr as newsletter writer’

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Wine Reception

17.30 pm



Exhibition Hall Ushaw College

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The transport registration deadline is 10am Thursday 22 November 2018

About the Speaker

Stephen Taylor is Professor in the History of Early Modern England and Director of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University. He is a specialist in the religious and political history of England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and his published work has touched on topics as diverse as the identity of Anglicanism, court culture, party politics, the circulation of news and libertinism. He is currently working with Kenneth Fincham (University of Kent) on a study of the religious changes in England between the early seventeenth and mid-eighteenth century, which is provisionally entitled, Revolution and the Creation of Anglicanism. With Kenneth Fincham (Kent) and Arthur Burns (KCL) he has been, since 1999, one of the Directors of The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835, and with Philip Williamson and Natalie Mears (both Durham) he is one of the investigators on the AHRC-funded project on ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1540s-1940s'.

About the Lecture:

Edward Coleman was executed on 3 December 1678, the first victim of the Popish Plot. The story of Coleman’s trial and execution, of his correspondence with François de la Chaise, Louis XIV’s confessor, and of his role as secretary to the Duchess of York and as a Catholic courtier in the reign of Charles II, is well known. Less well known is his career as a newsletter writer. In this lecture Coleman’s newsletters, written through the 1670s until his arrest on charges of treason, will be examined, discussing the nature, composition and audience of what was clearly intended as an explicitly Catholic newsletter. It will be placed in the context of the broader news culture of the Restoration period. In addition, the connections between the newsletter, Coleman’s career as a courtier, and his eventual arrest and execution will be explored.

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