Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688

Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688

Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688

event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 1.30pm - 2.30pm BST
Booking closed
Booking closed
event Saturday, September 23, 2023 schedule 1.30pm - 2.30pm BST
  • Devil_Land
A masterpiece that will change our view of the 17th century
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Art and culture, Humanities, Social sciences
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Dr Clare Jackson will reflect on themes from her award-winning book, Devil-Land: England under Siege 1588-1688. Exciting and well-written, her book provides fresh insights into the 17th century by looking at England through European eyes.

Join us to hear more about one of the most turbulent centuries in English history. Among foreign observers, seventeenth-century England was known as 'Devil-Land': a diabolical country of fallen angels, torn apart by seditious rebellion, religious extremism, and royal collapse.

Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688 by Dear World, Yours Cambridge


Dr Clare Jackson (Sidney Sussex 1990)

clare jackson

Clare Jackson is a historian fascinated by the rich and complex history of Stuart Britain and its Continental neighbours and global diaspora. She is currently Walter Scott Fellow in History and Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall, although will be stepping down from the latter at the end of August. She has presented a number of highly successful television programmes for the BBC, including The Stuarts (2014) and The Stuarts in Exile (2015) which are regularly repeated on the BBC, PBS, LondonLive and other channels. She is the author of Charles II: The Star King (Allen Lane, 2016) in the ‘Penguin Monarchs’ series and of Devil-Land. England under Siege 1588-1688 (Allen Lane, 2021). Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2022, Devil-Land was selected as a 2021 ‘Book of the Year’ by The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman and The Sydney Morning Herald and appeared first in the Wall Street Journal’s recommendations for ‘Holiday Gift Books 2021’.

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In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.

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