Launch of REED: Hampshire

REED North-East is pleased to announce the launch of the Records of Early English Drama collection for Hampshire, edited by Peter Greenfield and Jane Cowling. You can access this latest collection via REED Online at: https://ereed.library.utoronto.ca/collections/hamps/?fbclid=IwAR1U0Xc4RhaFemdrE-b8klzxJTN-G6MVZU9NfAuLAbcHGesm0dZkyzxtqk4

‘In Memoriam, David Bevington’, by Alexandra Johnston

REED North-East is saddened to learn of the recent passing of David Bevington, a leading light in early drama studies, based, most recently, at the University of Chicago. The following tribute to the Professor Bevington was written by Alexandra Johnston, founder and Senior Consultant of Records of Early English Drama (shared from a post by […]

Images from ‘Dragon Tales at Prior’s Hall’

Here are some images from the recent ‘Dragon Tales at Prior’s Hall’ event, held in the Prior’s Hall in Durham Cathedral on 17 June. REED North-East would like to thank all of the staff, performers, volunteers and attendees (and of course the dragons!) for making this event such a success. All photo credits: Michael Baker.

Complete University Guide Rankings: Tooting One’s Own Horn

For the second year in a row, Durham University was ranked 6th overall in the Complete University Guide UK rankings, and 1st for English! Forgive the local team for the shameless self-promotion, but fellow REED members and enthusiasts can feel proud that the REED North-East project played its part. Here are the standings for 2020: https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings/?s=English […]

Flower of the Month: The Percys’ Fool in the New World?

The Percy family documents seldom provide much information about named performers, but for Thomas Wigen or Wyggen, the references suggest an eventful, perhaps harrowing life. He appears first in 1605 in a menial role,  paid 6 s 8 d ‘for taking up foundations in the garden May the 13˹th˺’.[1]  More interesting is a taylor’s bill […]

Flower of the Month: a New Year’s Day play in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Among the usual records of fornication, adultery, playing cards during service times, marrying without having the banns read properly and similar infringements, the Archbishop of York’s Visitation Book for 1615 has a most intriguing entry1:  This is kind of entry REED editors trawl Visitation books in the hope of finding, but what can we make of it? […]

Flower of the Month: More Evidence of Boy Bishops in Durham

The custom of choosing a boy to act as ‘Bishop’ for one or more days each year, often with a considerable element of parody, was familiar throughout western Europe in the later Middle Ages. The Boy Bishop of Durham was chosen from among the children of the Almonry School, founded around 1340, whose schoolroom was […]

REED Pre-Pub Launch: Records from the Durham Cathedral Treasurer’s Books

REED: Durham editors are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘pre-pub’ records from the post-Reformation accounts of Durham Cathedral. After the death of the first dean (and last prior), Hugh Whitehead, in 1548, Durham had a succession of strongly protestant deans, one of whom, William Whittingham, dean 1563-79, had even spent some years in […]

New Pre-Pub Records: The Ingram family accounts of Temple Newsam

REED Yorkshire West Riding co-editor Sylvia Thomas is proud to announce the launch of ‘pre-pub’ records from the accounts of the Ingram family of Temple Newsam.* Sir Arthur Ingram (before 1571-1642), financier and politician, was born in London, son of Hugh Ingram, a tallow chandler of Yorkshire origin and his wife Anne, daughter of Richard […]