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...

“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...

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