Tumultuous Assemblies! The Politics of the People, 1590-1710


This day school will explore the vibrant and tumultuous world of popular politics in England’s revolutionary century. We will explore the way ordinary people engaged with the big issues of government and religion at a time of unprecedented turmoil.

It was an age of protest, petitioning and newspapers, and discussion in alehouses and coffeehouses. Some have seen the birth of a modern ‘public sphere’, others an age of dangerous populism. But however we view this fascinating century, it’s one that is ripe for rethinking. 

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 31 January 2024.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House reception

The Politics of popular print culture
Dr Lena Liapi

Tea/coffee break

Enclosure riots and the wider political landscape
Dr Heather Falvey

Lunch break

Weardale chest: custom, the written record, and ideological conflict in the seventeenth-century Bishopric of Durham
Dr Simon Sandall

Tea/coffee break

Memories of the English Civil War
Dr Imogen Peck

Course disperses 



Description Costs
Course Fee (includes tea/coffee) £99.00
Baguette Lunch £6.50
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £17.60


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Lena Liapi


Lena Liapi is an Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University. Her research revolves around print, crime, and cultures of communication. She has published a monograph (Roguery in Print: Crime and Culture in Early Modern London, Boydell & Brewer 2019) as well as other publications on news and crime. 

Dr Heather Falvey


Heather is an active local historian with various research interests including sixteenth- and seventeenth-century social unrest. She has published various articles, two books of fifteenth-century wills and a collection of eighteenth-century recipes.

Dr Simon Sandall


Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of Winchester. He joined the History Department in September 2012, having previously held positions at the University of East Anglia and the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester. He completed his BA in English Studies and MA in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. In 2009 he completed his PhD at the UEA as part of an AHRC-funded project on popular memory. His research interests are in the areas of custom, law and community, particularly how these relations underpinned popular politics and popular protest in Early Modern England. 

Dr Imogen Peck


Imogen Peck is a historian of memory and communities, with research expertise in local and family history, the social history of archives, and the mental afterlife of conflict. She is especially interested in the ways memory and the representation of the past shapes individual and collective identities, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of non-elite men and women. Her first book, Recollection in the Republics: Memories of the British Civil Wars in England, 1649-1659, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Other recent publications include articles on the family archives and intergenerational memory in eighteenth-century England (Cultural and Social History), early modern almanacs (Historical Research), and several book chapters on memory and post-war reconciliation.


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Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.