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Maternity and justice in the Early Modern English Court of Chancery (2019)
Journal Article
Capern, A. (in press). Maternity and justice in the Early Modern English Court of Chancery. Journal of British Studies, 58(4),

This article is a case study of female litigants acting in the capacity of mother in the English equity court of Chancery between 1550 and 1700. It starts by asking how prevalent mothers were as plaintiffs and defendants in Chancery, though the burde... Read More

More than Bricks and Mortar: female property ownership as economic strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century urban England (2019)
Journal Article
Aston, J., Capern, A., & McDonagh, B. (in press). More than Bricks and Mortar: female property ownership as economic strategy in Mid-Nineteenth Century urban England. Urban history, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926819000142

This paper uses a quantitative and qualitative methodology to examine the role that women played as property owners in three mid nineteenth-century English towns. Using data from the previously under-utilized rate books, we argue that women were acti... Read More

Visions of monarchy and magistracy in women’s political writing, 1640– 80 (2018)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2018). Visions of monarchy and magistracy in women’s political writing, 1640– 80. In J. Clare (Ed.), From republic to restoration: legacies and departures, 102-123. Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526107510.00012

This chapter analyses early-modern English women writers and the number and patterns of their publication of religious and secular texts between 1640 and 1680. The chapter’s focus is on the impact of the English Civil War and Cromwellian Republic on... Read More

Mary Hays and the Imagined Female Communities of Early Modern Europe (2017)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. (2017). Mary Hays and the Imagined Female Communities of Early Modern Europe. In G. L. Walker (Ed.), The Invention of Female Biography, 174-198. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

This research essay is appears in a collection of essays written by the subject-expert sub-editors who worked on a three year research project with a team in New York under PI Gina Luria Walker to produce a modern multi-volume edition of Mary Hay, Fe... Read More

Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology (2016)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2016). Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology. In A. Hessayon (Ed.), Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy, 91-117. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-39614-3_5

Capern argues that Jane Lead and the Philadelphians were part of a continuous, evolutionary tradition of transatlantic radical Calvinist Protestantism. Jane Lead’s works are compared with those of Eleanor Davies to suggest that the pastoral imperativ... Read More

Emotions, gender expectations and the social role of Chancery, 1550-1650 (2015)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. (2015). Emotions, gender expectations and the social role of Chancery, 1550-1650. In Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England, 187-209. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137531162_11

Chancery was a court that became infamous for provoking anger, contempt, distrust, and disgust, even loathing and rage, two basic emotions that feature right at the centre of Robert Plutchik’s three-dimensional emotions wheel. Chancery never became w... Read More

Rumour and reputation in the early modern English family (2015)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2015). Rumour and reputation in the early modern English family. In C. Walker, & H. Kerr (Eds.), 'Fama' and her sisters: Gossip and rumour in Early Modern Europe, 85-113. Brepols. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.EER-EB.4.00081

This article explores the role of rumour, or the hearsay and gossip that circulated in a community, in eroding or maintaining reputations within and across families; it considers the nature of gossip, including the way it carried gender connotations,... Read More

Eleanor Davies and the New Jerusalem (2014)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2014). Eleanor Davies and the New Jerusalem. In J. A. Chappell, & K. A. Kramer (Eds.), Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity, 91-114. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137465672_6

Eleanor Davies was a great believer in historical moments. In her first work—A Warning to the Dragon and All His Angels of 1625-she told readers that “The Lord is at the Dore.”1 This immanence of God made her watchful and purposeful, reading the sign... Read More

New perspectives on the English Reformation (2009)
Journal Article
Capern, A. L. (2009). New perspectives on the English Reformation. The Journal of religious history, 33(2), 235-253. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9809.2009.00796.x

The historiography of the English Reformation has been driven by several key themes for three or four decades: the chronology of religious change and the success or failure of Protestantism to establish itself, the position of Puritanism vis-à-vis Ch... Read More

2011UALTC The Hull History partnership
Conference Proceeding
Capern, A. 2011UALTC The Hull History partnership

Abstract submitted to the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2011. Paper delivered under the theme ‘A University for Graduate Employability’.

Adultery and impotence as literary spectacle in the divorce debates and tracts of the long eighteenth century
Book Chapter
Capern, A. Adultery and impotence as literary spectacle in the divorce debates and tracts of the long eighteenth century

Abstract This essay will examine the origins and emergence of the crisis that engulfed the propertied classes from the late seventeenth century onwards through an analysis of the early legal debates about matrimonial separation and the later bawdy pa... Read More