Thomas Cogswell – Adultery and politics in Jacobean London

Event Date: 4 March 2019

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0E

The Department of History at Royal Holloway presents:

The 2019 Hayes Robinson Lecture

Professor Thomas Cogswell (Riverside California) – Adultery and politics in Jacobean London

Not far behind the proper facade of early Stuart London, tightly policed by church courts and zealous Calvinists, was a less regulated world in which extramarital sex was an open secret. Such relationships could have far-reaching consequences when political ‘players’ were involved. Drawing on newly discovered legal documents including depositions from dozens of eyewitnesses, distinguished historian Thomas Cogswell will illuminate the sexual passions, court intrigue, and legal manoeuvring of the last years of James I.

Introduction by Professor Rosemary Deem (Vice-Principal, RHUL):

Vote of Thanks by Professor James Knowles (Dean of Arts and Social Science, RHUL):

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