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Cosin's Hall

6 Owengate (on Palace Green)

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The Court of Star Chamber mediated many aspects of early modern political, religious, and cultural development prior to its abolition shortly before the onset of the seventeenth-century civil wars. Censorship of the press, fraud, libel, riot and more came to the court before members of parliament convinced that it had become an engine of tyranny ordered its closure. In addition to the importance of the court itself to early modern history, its records have left historians, literary scholars, and other researchers an unusually rich resource. Researchers have often turned to the proofs and pleadings that survive in the Star Chamber archive, and to revealing effect. Yet despite the centrality (and later notoriety) of the court, aspects of its history remain poorly understood, and despite the widespread use of some Star Chamber records, impediments to the full exploitation of the archive remain. More is yet to be done.

We will host a short conference on the court and its records at Durham University, on 8-9 July 2019. The event will be an opportunity to share work in progress on the court itself or that draws in substance upon its distinctive records. We also hope that the discussions might serve as the basis for new collaborative work on the court and its records in future.

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Durham University

Cosin's Hall

6 Owengate (on Palace Green)

Durham

DH1

United Kingdom

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