ECR Takeover

The #MonsterTakeover showcases the research of our postgraduate and early career researchers as we hand over control to our readers.

It is early 2021. Large parts of the globe are in lockdown to try to limit the ravages of the covid-19 pandemic. Conferences and Symposia are postponed and there is still a long road to travel back to ‘normal’. What better moment to give you an alternative way to encounter and engage with cutting edge research on the past, in a digestible format that can fit in around online teaching, caring duties, daily exercise and lying on the floor in a darkened room breathing deeply, etc?

Below you will find links to posts written by early career scholars (baggily defined as budding historians who do not have a permanent job), showcasing their research and airing views on academic life. We are closed to new submissions for now, but we’ll be back with another issue of the Monster ECR Takeover in the future!

Imogen Knox, The devil will tear me in pieces’: Self-destruction and sympathy in a seventeenth-century witchcraft case.

Scott Eaton, A Poor Hand-Maid’s Tale: Love, Petitioning and Print in Seventeenth-Century England.

Ellen Paterson, A ‘slanderous & scandalous’ petition: the Dyers’ Company and a burdensome petitioning campaign in early Jacobean England.

Graham Moore, The Price of Fish: Formal and Informal Justice in London’s 17th-century Docklands.

Joe Saunders, The ‘Lowest Sort’ in the Print Trade of 17th-century England.

Eleanor Hedger, Execution Ballads and the Popular Imagination in Seventeenth Century England.

Robert Daniel, Religious Persecution and Child Loss in Early Modern England.

Christophe Schellekens, Teaching as an early modernist to non-historians: a brief reflection

Daniel Phillips, The beloved zoo pet ‘Jumbo the Elephant’: Animal History as History from Below

Dom Birch, The Life of a Lawyer, Litigant and Mediator in Elizabethan England

Christopher Booth, The World in a Jar: Apothecary Shops and Globalisation in Early Modern England

Tyler Rainford, Tasting America: Rum Punch and Barbecue in Early Modern London

Daniel Gettings, Forsaken baptisms and crocodile tears: how water revealed witchcraft in early modern England

Sarah-Jayne Ainsworth, Not so Silent Witnesses: hearing voices in early modern wills

Nikki Clarke, ‘Great fears of the Sicknesse here in the City’: Researching news in the 1665 plague during a pandemic

Jordan Baker, Fortunio Liceti and His Big Book of Monsters

Francesca Farnell, Murderess, accomplice, or innocent? The ghost story of midwife Mrs Adkins

Anna Cusack, ‘Being a great nuisance to the inhabitants’: Petitions to relocate executions and gibbets in eighteenth-century London

Hannah Reeves, Understanding Sources: Six Reasons to Explore the Cause Papers

Claire Turner, Pestilential Soundscapes: Hearing the Plague in Seventeenth-Century London

Sadie Jarrett, ‘Kill or be killed’: Gentry retinues in early modern Wales

Katie Fellows, The Devil’s in the detail: The anonymous and peculiar Parisian handbill of Pope Alexander VI

Amie Bollisian, Understanding Sources: Glimpses of daily life in medical case histories

Aaron Columbus, ‘Being all dead of the Plague’. Plague and petitions in Westminster c.1620-1645

Ivana Bicak, Satires of American Drugs in Early Modern Spain