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“Nicholas Phillipson, who passed away on 24th January, 2018, was one of the founding co-editors of MIH, alongside Charles Capper and Anthony LaVopa, in a venture made possible thanks to the strong and continuing support of friends and colleagues at Cambridge University Press. Even after he stepped away from editorial duties, he remained an inspiration to us, a living embodiment of the enlightened sociability he did so much to illuminate through his work on the Scottish Enlightenment. A wonderful scholar and a great man, Nick will be missed dearly by all who knew and worked with him. Readers who might like to remind themselves of the extent of his scholarly achievements can easily turn to Colin Kidd’s astute judgments in ‘The Phillipsonian Enlightenment’ in Modern Intellectual History 11/1 (2014), pp. 175-190.”

  • ISSN: 1479-2443 (Print), 1479-2451 (Online)
  • Editors: Professor Angus Burgin Johns Hopkins University, USA , Professor Duncan Kelly University of Cambridge, UK , Professor Tracie M. Matysik University of Texas at Austin, USA and Professor Darrin M. McMahon Dartmouth University, USA
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Modern Intellectual History publishes scholarship in intellectual and cultural history from 1650 onwards. MIH concerns itself primarily with apprehending the contextual origins and receptions of texts in order to recover their historical meanings. But we understand ‘texts’ in the broadest sense, so as to encompass multiple forms of intellectual and cultural expression. These include, but are not limited to, political thought, philosophy, religion, literature, both the social sciences and the natural sciences, music, architecture, and the visual arts.

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  • 16 August 2018, Lisa Shapiro
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  • 14 August 2018, Louise Stewart
  • This blog accomapnies Louise Stewart’s Historical Journal article ‘Social Status and Classicism in the Visual and Material Culture of the Sweet Today, the term ‘banquet’ is commonly used to refer to any lavish feast.  However, in the Tudor and Stuart period the word had a different, and very specific meaning, referring to a separate meal which consisted solely of sweet foods.  In September 1591, for example, Queen Elizabeth I visited the Earl of Hertford at his estate at Elvetham.  The lavish entertainments provided for the queen during her four day stay included water pageants, fireworks, feasts and a glittering ‘banquet’.  A printed account of the entertainment makes it clear that this banquet was no ordinary meal.  It was served in the garden after supper, ‘all in glass and silver’ and accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display.  The queen was presented with a thousand sweet dishes including sculptural sugar work representing her arms, castles and forts, human figures and mythical and exotic animals as well as preserved fruits and other confections.  This elaborate spectacle was typical of the sweet banquet.…...