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Loyalty to the British Monarchs, c.1400-1688

January 24, 2018
Department of History, Nottingham University

Machiado Suite, Willoughby Hall
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

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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 ( and Matthew Hefferan ( by 15 September 2017. It is anticipated that a Proceedings of the conference will be published in due course.

Registration will open in October and is free. Further details will follow.

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