From the Great Plague to the Plague of Women: Purity, Misogyny and Female Enclosure

Thursday 8th March Hydra Bookshop: 34 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EZ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Price: donations Steve Higginson will interpret the re-birth of misogyny by looking at the period of the Great Plague, 1345 onwards, and the great moralising discourse that swept across Europe post plaque. Located within this discourse of purity, women were viewed as both cause and effect of the plague, and were to be “enclosed” accordingly within the domestic sphere. The purity campaign against women was […]

Penn, Tillett, Batons And Bread

We are pleased to announce the publication of three new pamphlets. The Life & Family Of William Penn: 260 Years Of Bloody Colonialism, by Jim McNeill Bread Or Battons? Unemployed Workers' Struggles In 1930s Bristol, Dave Backwith and Roger Ball Ben Tillett, by Jim McNeill Details of these pamphlets can be found on the Publications Page  

Hydra Books Events 11-25 Feb

From the Great Plague to the Plague of Women: Purity, Misogyny and Female Enclosure Steve Higginson Saturday 11 February 2012 - 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Hydra Books Steve Higginson will interpret the re-birth of misogyny by looking at the period of the Great Plague, 1345 onwards, and the great moralising discourse that swept across Europe post plaque. Located within this discourse of purity, women were viewed as both cause and effect of the plague, and were to be "enclosed" accordingly within the […]

February is LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. A programme of events has been compiled by OutStories Bristol, Bristol Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, CycleOut Bristol, M-Shed, Gay West and Hydra Books. The events at Hydra Books are : Changing images of trans people in speculative literature – Cheryl Morgan Thursday 2 February – 7:00 pm The availability of magic and advanced […]

The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign

This year marks the 40th anniversary since the national builders strike in 1972. Five months after the strike had ended 24 pickets who had visited building sites in Shrewsbury were arrested and charged with over 242 offences between them. They included unlawful assembly, affray, intimidation, criminal damage and assault. Six of the pickets were received custodial sentences. Des Warren, Eric (Ricky) Tomlinson and John McKinsie Jones were sentenced to three years, two years and nine months of […]

From the Great Plague to the Plague of Women: Purity, Misogyny and Female Enclosure

Steve Higginson will interpret the re-birth of misogyny by looking at the period of the Great Plague, 1345 onwards, and the great moralising discourse that swept across Europe post plaque. Located within this discourse of purity, women were viewed as both cause and effect of the plague, and were to be "enclosed" accordingly within the domestic sphere. The purity campaign against women was attributable to a re-reading of the Old Testament plus a resurgance of interest in Aristotlian ethics. Steve […]

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