Category: Source of the month

In this category, we will present especially exciting sources on early-modern revolts and explain their historical contexts.

Andreas Zaupser’s Über den falschen Religionseifer – a German response to the Gordon Riots in 1780

In June 1780, London was shaken by anti-Catholic violence which came to be known as the ‘Gordon Riots’. These riots expressed popular disaffection and fear in regard to the Catholic Relief Act passed by King and Parliament. But although the destructive fervour of an enraged...

The Gordon Riots in London – anti-Catholic violence and public safety in 1780

In June 1780, London was shaken by anti-Catholic violence which came to be known as the ‚Gordon Riots’. These riots expressed popular disaffection and fear in regard to the Catholic Relief Act passed by King and Parliament. Elizabeth Stuart Wortley, who published letters by her...

“Memoirs of the rebellion in 1745 and 1746” – media and intelligence in James Johnstone’s autobiography

James Johnstone, a Scottish army officer in the service of Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, has left one of the rare rebel autobiographies in early modern history. His memoirs were first published in an English translation in 1820 and provide a lively...

Picture for discussion – earlier editions of Bisaccioni’s “Historia delle gverre civili”

The visual strategies found in the various editions of Bisaccioni’s book on civil wars reveal themselves in comparison to one another. Each of the editions known to us so far contains an individual frontispiece of considerably high artistic quality. Recurring elements and their deliberate re-contextualisations...

Picture for discussion – frontispiece to the 4th edition of Bisaccioni’s “Historia delle gverre civili” 1655

The engraving serves as frontispice in the 4th edition of Mailolino Bisaccioni’s Historia delle gverre civili de nostri tempi (History of civil wars of our times), published in 1655 in Venetia. The edition is dedicated to the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, Ranuccio II Farnese....