Notice: COVID-19 resources, information and plans for current and upcoming academic terms. Learn more.

Subscribe by RSS Subscribe by RSS

The great actor now upon the stage: performance and identity at the impeachment of the Earl of Strafford

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room AH 348, Ad Hum Building, University of Regina main campus

The Department of History would like to invite everyone to the third Colloquium of Winter 2015. Afterwards please join us for refreshments in the third floor lounge, Ad Hum 349.

The great actor now upon the stage: performance and identity at the impeachment of the Earl of Strafford
Presented by Dr. Gregory Koabel, History Department at Campion College
Friday, March 27, 2015
3:30 p.m. Ad Hum 348

Abstract
The 1641 impeachment of the Earl of Strafford dominated the early months of the Long Parliament. In the proceedings Strafford's accusers employed 'constructive treason' - a legal innovation which sought to prove guilt through a cumulative reading of Strafford's actions rather than pointing to a single act which could be proven treasonous. This talk explores the implications of this decision. The trial became a stage upon which
Strafford's consciously constructed performance battled with interpretations of his actions and behaviour to uncover the authentic Strafford. As a result, the trial provides an excellent opportunity to examine performance and identity in the world of early modern political culture.