Lecture: Plots, Intrigues and Meaning
Past event archive
4 July 2013, 13:15-14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Sir Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland
by and published by Edward Harding
The 17th century was an era of political plot and counterplot, Dr Alan Marshall discusses the political, social, and cultural context of the time. The political context relates to contemporary concepts of opposition - even to the extremes of violence- and to the ultimate idea of rebellion in this era. The social context relates to those who became involved in such schemes. Who were they? What was their background and their social caste? Ironically, such conspirators were almost ubiquitous in their acceptance of the social order - and in this era were very rarely social revolutionaries, but they had other motives. While an exploration of the culture of plotting takes us into the heart of ideas about personality, tavern culture, drink, and in literary terms the image of the conspirator. Marshall will also explore government responses to conspiracy; their purpose in dealing with such schemes, from exploitation for their own ends, to the idea of the truth behind them, to proving to the wider world that plots did not pay under any circumstances.
Dr Alan Marshall is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Head of Humanities at Bath Spa University, and author of books on Cromwell, the politics of Restoration London and intelligence and espionage in the reign of Charles II.