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Nov 30
13:00 - 14:00
A Window on an Early Modern Ecclesiastical Household: The Accounts of Lambeth Palace under William Laud, 1635-42
Religious Studies Research Seminar
Dr Leonie James (University of Kent)

Abstract:  The household account book of Lambeth Palace (and Croydon Palace) under William Laud – Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 to 1645 – is a rare find. Held in the National Archives at Kew, this manuscript is one of very few ecclesiastical household account books to have survived from the early modern period. Given that the head of the household was held responsible for bringing about the collapse of royal authority in Britain between 1638 and 1642 – leading to his execution on Tower Hill in January 1645 – it offers new insights into an important character and a crucial period in British history. Leonie will begin to explain what a document such as this can tell us about the economic, social, cultural and political aspects of an elite household, as well as what it reveals about Laud himself. 

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