Loyalty to the British Monarchs, c. 1400-1688

Event Date: 
24 Jan 2018


University of Nottingham

Keynote: Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham)


The theme of loyalty can be found in the Parliament rolls, in manuscript illustration, on sculpture, in ceremony and in music and drama. Yet there were tensions: a variety of interpretations were proposed regarding the nature and bounds of loyalty; the worst case scenario for the monarch was deposition. This conference aims to explore ideas and images relating to all aspects of loyalty to the English and Scottish monarchs from the late-medieval period to the Glorious Revolution. Themes to be addressed can include, but are not limited to:


  • Royal propaganda and its efficacy
  • Subversion and disloyalty
  • The theory and expectations of loyalty
  • Loyalty and (civil) war
  • Expressions and manifestations of loyalty through visual and material culture


Abstracts for papers (20 mins) on any aspect of loyalty to the English and Scottish crown are encouraged from PhD candidates, early career researchers and established academics. Please send abstracts of no more than 150 words to either of the conference convenors: Dr Matthew Ward (matthew.ward@nottingham.ac.uk) and Matthew Hefferan (matthew.hefferan1@nottingham.ac.uk) by 15 September 2017. It is anticipated that a Proceedings of the conference will be published in due course.


Details of the conference and a link to the Call for Papers can be found here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/history/events/2018/loyalty-to-the-british-monarchs.aspx


Submission date for papers: 
15 Sep 2017
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