North West Early Modern Seminar at the University of Huddersfield

In March the North West Early Modern Seminar travelled to Huddersfield where we heard some excellent papers and shared current research projects. Professor Jessica Malay (University of Huddersfield) gave an insight into the life of Katehrine Hampson, an independent genteel woman of the seventeenth century. Using wills and printed texts Professor Malay pieced together the social networks of Katherine Hampson beyond the nuclear family, with some important ramifications for the social role of unmarried women in early modern England. Dr Benjamin Williams (John Rylands Research Institute) talked us through the different expositing texts and commentaries in the Rabbinic Bible. His close analysis of annotations on the Bible held at the John Rylands Library made for an exciting discussion of the translation of particular words such as ‘hell’ and ‘damnation’ from Greek texts.


Professor Jessica Malay and Dr Benjamin Wiliams


A copy of the Rabbinic Bible held at the John Rylands Library

After a cake filled break we heard from our five minute ‘speed daters’. Rebecca Walker (University of Huddersfield) discussed her ongoing research project on the ideals of household hospitality. Dr Fiona Pogson (Liverpool Hope University) shared some recent research finds for the accounts of Thomas Wentworh, earl of Strafford. We also heard from Hannah Robb (University of Manchester) on her PhD project looking into the sociability of credit in the fifteenth century and Richard Leese (University of Huddersfield) who shared an interesting interdisciplinary research project on the archaeology of sieges in the English Civil War.


Our five minute ‘speed-daters’ taking questions

We followed the seminar with drinks, food and further discussion. Information on the next North West Early Modern Seminar will be posted here on the blog and twitter feed @NWSeminar. If you would like any information about the upcoming events of the seminar or would like to submit papers for future events please contact the secretary, Rachel Winchcombe at


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