Retribution at the time of the Restoration
Joan Bygrave from West Malling in Kent has a letter from an ancestor, one Thomas Stillington, dated 1662. Joan believes that he is from a Parliamentarian family and in the letter makes reference to the trial of a Cavalier Sir Francis Fane.
Joan is intrigued ... why would this man have been tried, is this some kind of 17th century truth and reconciliation process?
Making History consulted Professor Mark Stoyle at the University of Southampton who is the author of Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English Civil War (Yale University Press, 2005)
Professor Stoyle thinks the name Francis Fane has been wrongly transcribed – often a problem with detailed seventeenth century script. He thinks that the letter refers to Sir Henry Vane who was one of a number of Parliamentarian sympathisers who were tried and then executed for their role in the execution of Charles I – even though Vane refused to take the oath which expressed approval for this.
Guest: Professor Mark Stoyle
Professor of History,Professor Mark Stoyle
School of Humanities,
University of Southampton
Useful Link: Oliver Cromwell and the RestorationOliver Cromwell and the Restoration
Useful Links: Aftershocks - The Restoration
The imperfect development of political consciousness in the mid- seventeenth century is revealed in the Stuart Restoration. (From the OU).Aftershocks - The Restoration
Listeners in the Lincolnshire village of Woodhall Spa are trying to ensure that the now disused spa baths’ building is retained and restored. They feel that ‘listing’ would be an important step forward in this matter, but English Heritage has twice rejected such an application.
Vanessa visited Woodhall to find out more about the history of the spa village and to ask whether our listing system is too focussed on architecture and not on the wider heritage that this architecture might inform.
Making History consulted Professor Peter Borsay at Aberystwyth University and Tony Calladine, English Heritage Protection Team Leader .
Guest: Professor Peter Borsay
Professor of History,Professor Peter Borsay
The University of Wales,
Useful Links: English Heritage guide to listed buildingsEnglish Heritage guide to listed buildings
Useful Link: Woodhall SpaWoodhall Spa Community Website
Vikings and Climate Change
Making History’s Richard Daniel reported from Essex and Edinburgh on how the expansion of Viking communities into Greenland was possible because of a warming climate in the middle ages. However, research at the University of Edinburgh shows that these communities were always on the edge and that during cooling years harvests failed, the weather became intolerable and they were unsustainable.
Making History consulted Dr Huw Lewis Jones at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge and Professor Andy Dugmore and Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu at the University of Edinburgh.
Guest: Dr Huw Lewis Jones
Curator of Art,Dr Huw Lewis Jones
Scott Polar Research Institute,
Guest: Professor Andy Dugmore
Professor of Geosciences,Professor Andy Dugmore
University of Edinburgh
Guest: Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu
Lecturer in PalaeoecologyDr Eva Panagiotakopulu
Institute of Geography
School of GeoSciences
University of Edinburgh
A History of the World in 100 Objects: Knutsford bicycle siren
This week’s object is a bicycle siren from Knutsford in Cheshire.Knutsford bicycle siren
Making History consulted Paul Adams of The Cycle Museum at Walton hall Gardens in Warrington.
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