Julian Pooley, “Printing the Past: Discovering the Archive of the Nichols family of printers, antiquaries and editors of the Gentleman’s Magazine,1777-1873” (25 mars)

Thursday March 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. : Julian Pooley (University of Leicester) “Printing the Past: Discovering the Archive of the Nichols family of printers, antiquaries and editors of the Gentleman’s Magazine,1777-1873”.


This paper tells the story of how the purchase of an anonymous pocket diary in a London bookshop, led me to discover extensive and previously unknown archives of John Nichols (1745-1826) and his family of printers, antiquaries and editors of the Gentleman’s Magazine.  Nichols was one of Georgian London’s most prominent printers, contracted to print for Parliament, the Royal Society and Society of Antiquaries.  He was also a literary biographer, chronicling the book trade and its customers over the long-eighteenth century; a pioneer of Renaissance culture through his Progresses of Queen Elizabeth and a leading antiquary whose History and Antiquities of the Town and County of Leicester 4 vols (1795-1815) transformed the way that English local history was written and illustrated.  The vast archive of family and business papers which he and his successors accumulated inspired his granddaughter to form her own collection of autograph letters, augmented by exchange with other collectors and by purchases in the London and Paris salerooms.  This internationally significant collection is now part of the 20,000 Nichols papers calendared and accessible via the Nichols Archive Database.  This paper will explore the value of the archive for studying the career of John Nichols, his editorship of the Gentleman’s Magazine and his achievements as a literary biographer and antiquary. It will also highlight some of the many French historical documents preserved in this archive.


Julian Pooley F.S.A. is Hon. Visiting Fellow of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester and Public Services and Engagement Manager at Surrey History Centre, Woking.


Nichols Archive Project




Séance sur Zoom, lien habituel, disponible auprès de Stéphane Jettot


Frédérique Lachaud : « Jean sans Terre (1166-1216) : écrire la biographie d’un tyran médiéval. Autour d’un livre récent » (08/11)

Frédérique Lachaud, de Sorbonne Université Lettres, présentera sa communication « Jean sans Terre (1166-1216) : écrire la biographie d’un tyran médiéval. Autour d’un livre récent », le jeudi 8 novembre de 17h30 à 19h. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.

 Résumé :

“Traître à son frère Richard Coeur de Lion, incapable, face à Philippe Auguste, de conserver les terres de la dynastie Plantagenêt en France, Jean sans Terre fut également accusé d’opprimer les populations sous sa domination, et finit par coaliser contre lui les barons anglais, qui lui imposèrent, en 1215, la « Grande Charte » des libertés. Le jugement des chroniqueurs contemporains de Jean comme de la plupart des historiens modernes est sans appel, qu’il s’agisse des actions de ce roi dénoncé comme tyran, ou de sa personnalité. Sans vouloir proposer une quelconque réhabilitation de Jean, on peut malgré tout tenter de déconstruire le portrait qu’en tracèrent les chroniqueurs, et souligner l’ampleur des difficultés créées par une accession au trône difficile.”
Frédérique Lachaud, Jean sans Terre, Paris, Perrin, 2018.

Séance exceptionnelle : Antoine Capet autour de son ouvrage “Churchill. Le dictionnaire” (mardi 19/06)

Séance exceptionnelle : nous assisterons à une discussion croisée en compagnie du professeur Antoine Capet autour de son ouvrage Churchill. Le dictionnaire le mardi 19 juin 2018 de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.

Discutant : Prof. James Muller (University of Alaska, prof. invité par le laboratoire AGORA, université de Cergy-Pontoise).

Professor Antoine Capet, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, was Head of British Studies at the University of Rouen (France) until July 2014, when he became Emeritus. After submitting his Doctorat d’État on the British governing classes and social reform, 1931-1951 (published 1991), he continued to concentrate his research on Britain in and before the Second World War, more specifically on Churchill in recent years. His paper given at the Annual Conference of the Churchill Centre, in London in October 2011, on ‘The triple Special Relationship: Churchill – Roosevelt – de Gaulle’ was published in Finest Hour in 2014 and his discussion of ‘ “The Creeds of the Devil”: Churchill between the Two Totalitarianisms, 1917-1945’ is available on line on the website of the International Churchill Society. He has translated Speaking for Themselves, the correspondence between Winston and Clementine (2012), the abridged edition of The World Crisis (2 vol., 2013-2014) and Great Contemporaries (2017) for Éditions Tallandier, Paris. He contributed to the Catalogue of the major ‘Churchill–de Gaulle’ Exhibition at the Invalides, Paris (April-July 2015), on the literary and historical legacy in their speeches and writings. His 870-page Dictionnaire Churchill was published by Éditions Perrin, Paris, in January 2018. Professor Capet has been Editor of the ‘Britain since 1914’ section of the Royal Historical Society Bibliography since 2001 and he sits on the International Board of Twentieth Century British History (Oxford University Press).

James W. Muller is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he has taught since 1983. Educated at Harvard University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, he is a by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and academic chairman of the International Churchill Society. He is editor of several books by and about Churchill, including new editions of Churchill’s interwar books of essays Thoughts and Adventures and Great Contemporaries (ISI Books, 2009 and 2012). His definitive two-volume edition of Churchill’s early book The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, will be published in two volumes by St. Augustine’s Press.