Brian Cowan of McGill University presents a seminar titled "Henry Sacheverell and the Cult of Eighteen-Century Personalities." Cowan is currently a fellow at the Institute of Historical Studies.
The 1710 trial of Dr. Henry Sacheverell initiated one of the most celebrated controversies of the eighteenth century. This seminar talk will discuss the ways in which his personality was presented in such things as statues, effigies, seal-dies, clothing and other fashion accessories. The argument is that this form of celebrity politics can be understood as a transition between traditional monarchical or aristocratic forms of political celebrity and an emergent modern form of cult celebrity.