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'Gypsies: Prejudice and Cultural Tradition'

David Cressy (George III Professor of History, Ohio State)

Fri, September 27, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

The political, legal, and cultural response to Gypsies from their arrival in England in the earlysixteenth century caused widespread reaction against them as a community, with legal statutes of collective punishment balanced by a certain tolerance. Using previously unexamined records from the courts of Star Chamber and the Old Bailey, David Cressy will argue that local magistrates and communities came to terms with the Gypsies, notwithstanding deep-rooted hostility that sought their expulsion and execution.
David Cressy is an historian of the social, cultural and political history of early modern England. His books include Birth, Marriage, and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England (1997) and England on Edge: Crisis and Revolution, 1640–1642 (2007), both published by Oxford University Press. He is probably the only historian in the country who holds the distinctive title George III Professor of British History.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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