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Devil Land Clare Jackson

The Centre for Geopolitics is pleased to partner with Trinity Hall to host an event in which Dr Clare Jackson (Senior Tutor and Fellow) talks to Andrew Marr about her latest book: Devil-Land: England under siege 1588-1688 – a ground-breaking portrait of the most turbulent century 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. Clare Jackson’s dazzling, original account of English history’s most turbulent and radical era tells the story of a nation in a state of near continual crisis. Devil-Land reveals England as, in many ways, a ‘failed state’: endemically unstable and rocked by devastating events from the Gunpowder Plot to the Great Fire of London. Catastrophe nevertheless bred creativity, and Jackson makes brilliant use of eyewitness accounts – many penned by stupefied foreigners – to dramatize her great story. Named as a ‘Book of the Year 2021’ by the New StatesmanTimes Literary Supplement and The TimesDevil-Land provides a spectacular reinterpretation of England’s vexed and enthralling past.

Dr Clare Jackson – Biography: After leaving Loretto School in Edinburgh, Clare graduated in History from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She completed an MPhil in History at Aberystwyth University in Wales, before returning to Cambridge where she researched a PhD on royalist ideas in seventeenth-century Scotland at Sidney Sussex College and later became a Research Fellow. After moving to Trinity Hall as Director of Studies in History in 2000, she became Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall in October 2013.

Clare’s main interests lie in early modern British political, religious, legal and cultural history. She was Editor of the Historical Journal from 2004 to 2011 and her biography, Charles II: The Star King was published in ‘The Penguin Monarchs’ series in 2016. She has appeared regularly on Melvyn Bragg’s In our Time on BBC Radio 4 and presented two BBC2 television series on The Stuarts (2014) and The Stuarts in Exile in 2015, which are regularly repeated on BBC i-player, PBS, LondonLive and other channels.

Register to attend via the Trinity Hall website

Thursday, 10 February, 2022 - 17:45 to 19:00
Event location: 
Trinity Hall