Dr Clare Jackson, Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall

From Cambridge to Capital: the Trinity Hall London Lecture Series

Date & timeThursday, 27 February 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LocationChancellor's Hall, University of London
Cost£10 per head
Booking closing date Tuesday, 25 February 12:00pm
Dress code No dress code
Event type Lecture and drinks reception

‘The City of London and the Stuart Dynasty’ by Dr Clare Jackson, Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to hear Dr Clare Jackson, Senior Tutor at Trinity Hall, presenter of the acclaimed BBC2 series on The Stuarts and The Stuarts in Exile (2014, 2015) and author, speak at the second of the London Lecture Series ‘From Cambridge to Capital’. The lecture will take place at the Chancellor’s Hall, University of London, on Thursday 27 February 2020 and  will be preceded by a drinks reception.

The timings for the evening are as follows:

18:00-18:30 Drinks reception
18:30-19:30 Lecture and Q&A
19:30-20:00 Drinks

Drinks are included in the ticket price (£10 per person) and you are welcome to bring up to three guests.


Dr Clare Jackson is Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall. The author of numerous works on the rich and complex history of seventeenth-century Britain, she presented the acclaimed BBC2 series on The Stuarts and The Stuarts in Exile (2014, 2015). Her biography, Charles II: The Star King (2016) appeared in the ‘Penguin Monarchs’ series and she is currently completing a history of Continental perceptions of seventeenth-century England to be published by Penguin in spring 2021. For further details, see www.clare-jackson.com.

Lecture summary

Seventeenth-century Londoners lived through one of the most tumultuous and complex periods in English history. Diarists such as Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn experienced, at first-hand, civil war, regicide, republicanism, restoration and revolution, as seventeenth-century Englishmen bloodily fought with one another, executed one king (Charles I) and then deposed his son (James II) four decades later. In an era in which events moved at breakneck speed, England was transformed from an unstable polity, riven by political and religious radicalism, to an expanding military and commercial superpower with numerous new territories overseas and able to challenge the military dominance of Louis XIV’s France. By 1700, the built-up area of its capital city, London, had swelled to accommodate nearly 600,000 inhabitants and was not only twenty times the size of any other sizeable English city, such as Norwich, Bristol, Newcastle, York or Exeter, but was also Europe’s largest city, having recently overtaken Paris and Naples.

This lecture considers the turbulent and ambivalent relationship between the unusually powerful and prosperous seventeenth-century City of London, with its Stuart rulers who articulated a sophisticated rhetoric of majestic absolutism but were, in practice, often regarded as inherently weak and impecunious. Although the Stuart monarchs – from King James I in 1603 to King William and Queen Mary in the 1690s – keenly appreciated the potential for England’s capital city and monumental architecture to function as a showcase and direct reflection of royal majesty, the City of London boasted its own rival and precocious political tradition of ancient liberties and proud traditions of municipal governance. In bringing the dynamic and extraordinary experiences of the seventeenth century to life, this lecture shows how the Stuart age that still lives with us and shapes many contours of modern London’s built environment and civic history.

Booking and cost

Online booking is now available, click here. If you would prefer to book and pay by phone, please contact Emma Grieveson on +44 (0)1223 332550.

The cost is £10 per head and includes a drinks reception. You are invited to bring up to three guests.

Guest list

The guest is available to view, please click here. Please note that only Trinity Hall members will appear on the list.

Venue and location

The lecture will take place at the Chancellor’s Hall, University of London, located on Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.

Dress code

There is no dress code for this event.


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If you have any queries, please contact Emma Grieveson on alumnioffice@trinhall.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 332550.