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Hall of Realms

Epic! Between Ancient and Early Modern Empires

Andrew Laird (Warwick University), Lost beyond the Pillars of Hercules: Ulysses in the Early Modern Hispanic World More...

Starts: May 6, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Mary I

Pregnancy and False Pregnancy

This illustrated lecture examines beliefs – medical and cultural – about phantom pregnancies in early modern England with specific connections to the political implications of Mary I’s false pregnancies. While historians have often described women who believed they were pregnant when they were not as pathetic or pathological, many medical texts of the period argued it was very difficult to tell a false pregnancy from a real one – or at least this was so until a baby was born or too much time had past.  Mary’s phantom pregnancy not only had great political consequences for her reign, but more than a century later, it was brought up again as Protestants attempted to describe the 1688 pregnancy of Catholic Mary of Modena, wife of James II, as also false.  More...

Starts: May 20, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Frog Prince

Incest and the Habsburgs

 Geoffrey Parker (Ohio State University), Incest, Blind Faith, and Conquest: the Spanish Habsburgs and their enemies, 1516-1700 More...

Starts: Oct 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM

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