You are cordially invited to the next History and Heritage Research Seminar on Wed 22nd November, 4.30-6pm in MB3201.
Dr Sara Barker, Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Leeds, will deliver a paper on:
‘Natural Disasters, News and the Nation in Early Modern England and France’
Early modern people lived at the mercy of their surroundings. In an uncertain world, floods, storms, fires and earthquakes could affect all levels of society across Europe. But destruction can lead to creation. Accounts of such disasters were printed and then translated, seemingly suggesting a shared experience of disaster that could cross confessional divides. However, examination of these pamphlets shows more complex ideas about nation and experience were a feature of these understudied publications.
This paper considers how natural disasters were dealt with as both national and international events in early modern news accounts. It will examine four cases in particular – the storm and lightning strike of 1561 which caused the roof and steeple of St Pauls to catch fire, the 1580 English Chanel earthquake which wreaked devastation in both southern England and northern France, the 1607 Bristol Channel Floods and the 1618 fire which destroyed much of the Palais de Justice in Paris.