Course overview

Using source materials and original published research, the course will focus on two fascinating topics: first "The Cutlers of Thaxted" and how Thaxted, in rural Essex, became one of the most important cutlery centres in England, rivalling Sheffield in terms of production; and second, "The Great Fight in the Church at Thaxted" and the events which gave rise to a pamphlet distributed in London in August1647 bearing the news "The Great Fight in the Church in Thaxted between the sequestrators and the minister, the mayor being present.

Course description

Join us on this fascinating look into Thaxted in the middle ages.

We will look at the importance of source material and research and understand why previous research failed to explain the growth and decline of the industry. Be aware of the role of archaeology and the findings and implications of the Orange Street dig of 2015 and discover how to put together crucial evidence, the poll tax of 1348 and the manorial survey of 1393 and be aware of the incomplete work of Ken Newton. We will also look at document in relation to the Great Fight, to get a better understanding of the reasons for the riot and the particular role of women. Recognise the roles of three key players: William,Lord Maynard, Rev. Newman Leader and Richard Turner and appreciate the acute religious and political controversies of the Civil War, the tensions between High Church and Puritanism, the involvement of the House of Lords and its consequences. Places will fill up fast, so sign up now.

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