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The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck regularly to discuss the literature, culture and history of the English Renaissance. It is free and welcomes all students, academics and people with an interest in the Renaissance or early modern period.

Upcoming events

14 February: Charles 1: Art. Legacy, Memory

When: 13:00 — 18:00
Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury

To coincide with the Royal Academy’s exhibition Charles I: King and Collector, this meeting of the London Renaissance Seminar will explore the political and cultural legacies of Charles I’s reign and its art, following the lives of his living heirs as well as of the art works he collected, and examining the period’s art forms on the streets as well as in court.

Speakers include: Jonathan Healey (Oxford), Angela McShane (Wellcome), Jason Peacey (UCL)

16 February: London Renaissance Seminar Book Talk - Editing Early Modern Women: Lucy Hutchinson and Civil War Women Poets

When? 6-8pm
Where? Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square

The London Renaissance Seminar book talks mark the entry of work into the field.

Please do join the Seminar, David Norbrook, Sarah C.E.Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann to discuss editing, women, and the Civil War.

Professor Sarah Hutton will introduce the two volumes of  David  Norbrook’s Works of Lucy Hutchinson published to date  (OUP, 2011, 2018), Ruth Connolly will introduce Women Poets of the English Civil War (MUP, 2018) edited by Sarah C.E.Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann.

Wine will be served.


The London Renaissance Seminar meets at Birkbeck to discuss topics in the culture of the Renaissance. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

London Renaissance Seminar Contact: Sue Wiseman