Episode 5: Mark Stoyle on Cannibals, Witches, and the English Civil War

mjs.jpg_SIA_JPG_fit_to_width_INLINEDissertations are almost due and final papers loom, but everyone needs a break sometimes. To help you out, we’re pleased to offer this episode of Southampton History Speaks! In this episode you can listen to Mark Stoyle talk to Rachel Herrmann about his work on cannibals, witches, the English Civil War, and Exeter’s aqueducts.

You’ll learn about destruction of property, how women cross-dressed as soldiers in the English Civil War, and why people thought witches had familiars. Hear Mark talk about how his research has evolved over time, from squeezing into the tiny spaces of Exeter’s archaeological sites, to writing a whole book about Prince Rupert’s dog, to asking if Sir Thomas Lunsford was really a human flesh enthusiast.

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Suggested Reading

Porter, Destruction in the English Civil Wars (2011).

Stoyle, The Black Legend of Prince Rupert’s Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War (2011).

McShane and G. Walker (eds), The Extraordinary and the Everyday in early modern England (2010).

Stoyle, ‘The Road to Farndon Field: Explaining the Massacre of the Royalist Women at Naseby’, The English Historical Review, volume 123, no. 503 (August 2008).

Stoyle, ‘The Cannibal Cavalier: Sir Thomas Lunsford and the Fashioning of the Royalist Archetype’, The Historical Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X15000266

Hughes, Gender and the English Revolution (2012).

Stoyle, Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter (2014).
Underdown, Fire from Heaven: Life in an English Town in the Seventeenth Century (1992).

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