Tuesday 16th October, 2018
Friends of DWL Annual Lectures
The Lecture Hall, Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR
'A Treasury or Library of Parliament Sermons': 1640s fast sermons and the history of the book'.
The sermons preached before the Parliament at the fasts, thanksgivings and days of humiliation held in the 1640s roused, warned, informed and perhaps sometimes wearied those who heard them but their intended impact was broader than this. The vast majority were printed, identified as a series through catalogues and lists; and consequently reflected on and organised by a variety of readers, owners and scholars. Inspired by modern scholarship on the history of the book, this lecture will focus on printers, booksellers, readers, collectors and cataloguers as much as on the preachers and the texts of the sermons. Using examples from the 1640s to the 1940s, and drawing on the rich collections of parliamentary sermons in Dr Williams’ Library in particular, I will explore the variety of responses and approaches to this ‘treasury or library’ of godly preaching.
Professor Ann Hughes, Keele
Professor Ann Hughes
Ann Hughes is Professor of Early Modern History, Emerita, at the University of Keele, and the author of many books and articles on mid-seventeenth century England. She is particularly interested in religious and political conflict, print culture and gender. Her most recent book is Gender and the English Revolution (2011) but most relevant to this paper is Gangraena and the Struggle for the English Revolution (2004).