Suggestions for seeing Early Modern history in England
In about 1.5 weeks I’ll be on my way to a conference in Oxford (“Louis XIV Outside In“), combined with a month-long research jaunt at Oxford, Cambridge and in London. I have plenty of archival volumes to consult, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to query you all about your favorite early modern military ‘things’ to see in southern England. I only spent a few weeks in London during my dissertating phase (kinda like the pupal stage), so I didn’t have too much time to see much other than the National Army Museum.
So what should someone interested in EMEMH check out when they’re in England? One could obviously name the various museums, and obviously I’ll be checking out Blenheim Palace, but what I’m particularly interested in are specific items to be on the lookout for, not just a listing of various museums. For example, ‘the National Army Museum has a really cool ____’, or ‘there is an interesting example of early modern architecture at ____’, paintings or statues or reliefs of early modern rulers/generals (particularly equestrian or military), city gates, early modern memorials, walls which famous generals pissed on…
A few examples from past trips, just to give you an idea of the specificity I’m hoping to get:
- Cannonballs (fired by the British during their bombardment) hanging in a Copenhagen church (Sankt Peter’s).
- An early modern grenade-launcher attached to a carbine in Copenhagen’s Arsenal.
- Plans-relief of northern French fortresses in the basement of Lille’s Palais des Beaux Arts.
- Incongruous city gates towering in the middle of Paris (Portes de Saint-Martin and Saint-Denis).
If you want to mention other interesting items outside of England, that’s ok too. If there’s interest, we could probably do a series, a country a month or something…