Recently, for the first time and with the help of patient friends (especially Simon Abernethy and Edmond Smith), I’ve been working on some research that involves quite a bit of statistical analysis. As a result I have started thinking more about this kind of approach to other problems and so, when I came across the Data for Research page of the journal website JSTOR, it seemed well worth investigating.
…is an idea suggested on Twitter, over the weekend, by Cambridge early modernist Liesbeth Corens –
— Liesbeth Corens (@onslies) January 3, 2015
– inspired, as the tweet suggests, by ‘Dance Your PhD’, a competition sponsored by the journal Science with a proper prize and everything (for last year’s winner, see here). The rather great website lol my thesis also springs to mind. The first such verse offering, by also-Cambridge-early-modernist Harriet Lyon, is shown in Liesbeth’s preceding tweet.
This is the final post in a series on a particular seafaring family from the seventeenth century with a habit of being called Thomas. Pevious posts introduced ‘Thomas snr’, ‘kinsman Thomas’, and ‘Thomas jnr’ and his brother Caleb, following their fortunes as much as possible through the available sources, especially their wills. In this post, I want to step back and think about what they tell us in a boader sense (so if you haven’t read the other three posts yet, a) why not? and b) it might be a good idea if you want to make sense of this one).
This is the third post in a series about the Trenchfield family, a dynasty of mariners with a predilection for the name Thomas. At least, the Thomases I introduced in my previous two posts (‘Thomas snr’ and ‘kinsman Thomas’) were both mariners, and pretty successful ones at that. This post looks at the third Thomas (‘Thomas jnr’) and his brother Caleb, the children of Thomas snr and the cousins of kinsman Thomas. It is in Thomas snr’s will, The National Archives, PROB 11/197/441, that we first encounter these two, and it is here that we learn that their professional careers were set to be quite unlike those of their father and cousin.
This is the second post in a series about the Trenchfields, a family of mariners from the early seventeenth century, and more particularly about three of them called Thomas (and one called Caleb). In the first post, I introduced the man I think of as ‘Thomas snr’, the oldest Thomas I have encountered, an influential shipmaster in the Mediterranean and a naval commander for parliament during the British civil wars. This time, I want you to meet his relative, who I have titled ‘kinsman Thomas’, for reasons which will become obvious.
I’ve done a few posts now on interesting finds in my research (‘interesting’ is naturally a matter of taste – but this is my blog after all). This one is a departure, if only because it’s not a favourite from previous work, but something I came across recently, and got rather excited about. I’ve been discussing some research with Maria Fusaro, the leader of the project I worked on for the last two years, particularly relating to Thomas Trenchfield. He was a shipmaster, ship owner and trader who appears frequently in the court records of Venice during the first half of the seventeenth century, which Maria has been working with. He was also a fairly important figure in the London maritime community, as an Elder Brother of the Trinity House of Deptford.
Just over a week ago, Cambridge University Press launched their first Open Access book, The History Manifesto by David Armitage and Jo Guldi. This is clearly intended to provoke discussion, as the book’s webpage has a forum section with the tagline ‘Join the Debate’. It’s been the topic of some excited conversations with the new colleagues I’ve been meeting in Oxford this past week (and with some old friends, too).