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At the beginning of the 17th century, English politics centred on the King and the royal court. Ninety per cent of the population lived in the countryside, the vast majority were illiterate, and famine and plague were regular scourges. By the turn of the 18th century, a new world had arisen.
From key events such as the British Civil War or the Gunpowder Plot to the boom of arts and culture, the dawn of the 18th century looked vastly different to the one that preceded it.
Jonathan Healey, in conversation with Jessie Childs, will examine the lives, legacies and key moments that contributed to shaping this century of change.
Jonathan Healey is a historian of the 16th and 17th centuries. He writes history from the bottom up, focusing on ordinary people – their lives, loves, culture and politics.
Jonathan is Associate Professor in Social History at the University of Oxford. In 2012, he was picked as one of the winners of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers Competition.
Jessie Childs is an award-winning author, broadcaster and historian. Her debut, Henry VIII’s Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. Her latest book, The Siege of Loyalty House, tells the story of the totemic resistance of a Royalist mansion in the English Civil War.