• news-20-Apr-2018

    [20-Apr-2018] • Now accepting pre-orders for The Sons of Belial: Protest and Community Change in the North-West, 1740-1770

    David Walsh — The Sons of Belial: Protest and Community Change in the North-West, 1740-1770
    The Growth of Capitalism on the Eve of Industrialisation, Volume I

    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £14.00 (normal price £16.00), post-free in UK. Click here for further details.

  • news-02-Apr-2018

    [02-Apr-2018] • Book launch of The Refiner’s Fire: The Collected Works of TheaurauJohn Tany

    — TIME: 7.00 pm
    — DATE: 25/04/2018
    — ADMISSION: Free (but book in advance)
    — VENUE:
    Swedenborg Hall
    20/21 Bloomsbury Way
    London WC1A 2TH
    0207 405 7986
    info@swedenborg.org.uk
    — NEAREST TUBE:
    Holborn / Tottenham Court Road
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    Swedenborg Society: In Conversation & Book Launch
    TheaurauJohn Tany, English Radicalism and Swedenborgians
    Ariel Hessayon in conversation with John Rees
    In collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London and Breviary Stuff Publications
    WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2018 | 7.00 – 8.30 pm
    FREE ADMISSION (but book in advance)
    Thomas Totney (1608-1659), born in Lincolnshire and largely based in London, was a goldsmith who, following a mystical experience in 1649, changed his name to TheaurauJohn Tany and proclaimed himself a herald of the restitution of the Jews to Jerusalem. Travelling around England and the Low Countries issuing broadsides and more extensive works of prophesy, Tany was for a long time overlooked by historians as just another ranter of the English Civil War period. More recently his writings and impact have begun to be re-evaluated, in no small part due to the dedicated researches of Ariel Hessayon, and a picture has emerged of an extraordinary figure worthy of his place in both the histories of Western esotericism and of English Radicalism. It has also become apparent that Tany was read by early British Swedenborgians, a fact that further elucidates the complex relationship between a nascent Swedenborgianism and the radical thought of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
    To mark the occasion of the publication of The Refiner’s Fire: the Collected Works of TheaurauJohn Tany by Breviary Stuff Publications, which features reproductions of material held in the Swedenborg Society Archive, the editor of the volume, Ariel Hessayon, will be in conversation with historian and activist John Rees, discussing Tany, English Radicalism and their connections to Swedenborgianism.
    ARIEL HESSAYON is a Reader in the Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of ‘Gold tried in the fire’. The prophet TheaurauJohn Tany and the English Revolution (Ashgate, 2007) and co-editor / editor of several collections of essays on Scripture and Scholarship in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006); Varieties of Seventeenth- and early Eighteenth-century English Radicalism in Context (Ashgate, 2011); An Introduction to Jacob Boehme: Four Centuries of Thought and Reception (Routledge, 2013); Gerrard Winstanley: Theology, Rhetoric, Politics (special issue of Prose Studies, 2014); and Jane Lead and her transnational legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He has also written extensively on a variety of early modern topics: antiscripturism, antitrinitarianism, book burning, communism, environmentalism, esotericism, extra-canonical texts, heresy, crypto-Jews, Judaizing, millenarianism, mysticism, prophecy, and religious radicalism. His essay ‘Jacob Boehme, Emanuel Swedenborg and their Readers’ was published by the Swedenborg Society in The Arms of Morpheus (2007).
    JOHN REES is a journalist, author, historian and activist who has been a member of the National Executive of the NUS and was a founder of the Stop the War Coalition. Rees has edited and written for many journals and has also made documentaries for television. His books include The Algebra of Revolution: The Dialectic and the Classical Marxist Tradition (Routledge, 1998); Imperialism and Resistance (Routledge, 2006); (with Lindsey German) A People’s History of London (Verso, 2012); and The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650 (Verso, 2017).

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  • news-09-Feb-2018

    [09-Feb-2018] • Now accepting pre-orders for The Refiner’s Fire: The Collected Works of TheaurauJohn Tany

    The Refiner’s Fire: The Collected Works of TheaurauJohn Tany, annotated, edited and introduced by Ariel Hessayon
    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £17.50 (normal price £25.00), post-free in UK/Europe. Click here for further details.

  • news-09-May-2016

    [09-May-2016] • Now accepting pre-orders for Chris Fisher’s Custom, Work & Market Capitalism

    Chris Fisher – Custom, Work & Market Capitalism: The Forest of Dean Colliers, 1788-1888
    With a new preface by Rich Daniels, chairman of Hands Off Our Forest and Forest of Dean Freeminers Association.
    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £12 (normal price £14.00), post-free in UK/Europe. Click here for further details.

  • news-10-Sept-2015

    [10-Sept-2015] • Whigs & Hunters is now available in hardback.

    Available now at the special price of £21 (normal price £30).

  • news 15-Nov-2014

    [15-Nov-2014] • Now accepting pre-orders for three new titles.

    Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies & Reds: A Radical History of Bristol, 1880-1939
    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £16 (normal price £18.50), post-free in UK/Europe. Click here for further details.
    James Epstein – Radical Expression: Political Language, Ritual, and Symbol in England, 1790-1850
    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £13 (normal price £15.00), post-free in UK/Europe. Click here for further details.
    James Epstein – The Lion of Freedom: Feargus O’Connor and the Chartist Movement, 1832-1842
    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £15 (normal price £17.00), post-free in UK/Europe. Click here for further details.

  • news 12-Oct-2014

    [12-Oct-2014] • We now accept Bitcoin payments

    We now accept payments using Bitcoin, either via Bitpay or direct wallet payments. For further info click here.

  • news 07-Sep-2014

    [07-Sep-2014] • Now accepting pre-orders for Thomas Spence: The Poor Man’s Revolutionary

    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – £13 (normal price £15), post-free in UK/Europe.
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  • news 24-Jun-2014

    [24-Jun-2014] • Spence’s Plan and Full Bellies You Rogues!

    Announcing Thomas Spence: The Poor Man’s Revolutionary, marking the the 200th anniversary of the death of Thomas Spence.
    Click here for further details.

  • news 04-Apr-2014

    [04-Apr-2014] • Now accepting pre-orders for Catherine Howe’s Halifax 1842: A Year of Crisis

    Now accepting orders at a special pre-publication price – save £4 on the cover price.
    Click here for further details.

  • news 05-Feb-14

    [05-Feb-2014] • Now accepting pre-orders for Victor Bailey’s Charles Booth’s Policemen and Order and Disorder in Modern Britain

    Victor Bailey – Charles Booth’s Policemen, Crime, Police and Community in Jack-the-Ripper’s London

    What explains the law-abidingness of late Victorian England? A number of modern historians contend that the answer lies with the effectiveness of policing, and with the imposition of a ‘policeman-state’ in Victorian and Edwardian England.
    Exploiting the vast archive that Charles Booth amassed for his leviathan social investigation to explore the social order of London’s East End, Life and Labour of the People in London, this volume takes issue with this answer.
    Click here for further details.

    Victor Bailey – Order and Disorder in Modern Britain, Essays on Riot, Crime, Policing and Punishment

    The essays in this volume, (first published between 1977 and 2000), are coherent expressions, if not of a single philosophy, at least of a recurrent theme. That theme is the relationship between order and disorder in England over the century from 1850. Despite the stress fractures caused by deepening industrialization, strengthening class mobilization, and cyclical economic dislocation, Britain was a relatively peaceable kingdom in these years. Who and what were responsible for the imposition of social order?
    Click here for further details.

  • news 16-Jul-2013

    [16-Jul-2013] • Insurrection now in print!

    Roger Wells – Insurrection: The British Experience 1795-1803

    Now available at a special price for a limited period.

  • news 01-Mar-2013

    [01-Mar-2013] • Whigs & Hunters and The Chartists now in print!

    E.P. Thompson – Whigs & HuntersDorothy Thompson – The Chartists

    E.P. Thompson’s Whigs & Hunters and Dorothy Thompson’s The Chartists are now in print.

  • news 07-Feb-2013

    [07-Feb-2013] • Coming soon: Whigs & Hunters and The Chartists

    E.P. Thompson – Whigs & HuntersDorothy Thompson – The Chartists

    E.P. Thompson’s Whigs & Hunters and Dorothy Thompson’s The Chartists will both be published on 1st March. We are now taking orders at special pre-publication prices.

  • news 01-Sep-2012

    [01-Sep-2012] • Early Trade Unionism now in print

  • news 26-Aug-2012

    [26-Aug-2012] • Now accepting pre-orders for Early Trade Unionism

    Malcolm Chase – Early Trade Unionism: Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour

    We are now accepting pre-orders (at a special pre-publication price) for this book, which will be published in September.
    Click here for further details.

  • news 17-Jul-2012

    [17-Jul-2012] • West Country Rebels now in print

    Nigel Costley – West Country Rebels

    This book features the struggles along with the characters who defied convention and helped organise around dangerous ideas of freedom, equality and justice in South West England. Now available at a special price.

  • news 01-Apr-2012

    [01-Apr-2012] • Now accepting pre-orders for ‘Orator’ Hunt

    John Belchem – ‘Orator’ Hunt, Henry Hunt and English Working Class Radicalism

    In the early 19th century, Henry Hunt became one of the most stirring orators of English Radicalism. His speech following the “Peterloo” massacre cost him three years in prison and gave him a reputation for inciting the rabble to violence. This book, first published in 1985 by Clarendon Press, considers his place in the radical movement.
    Click here for further details.

  • news 05-Feb-2012

    [05-Feb-2012] • Now accepting pre-orders for Making Angels in Marble

  • news 22-Aug-2011

    [22-Aug-2011] • Announcing the forthcoming publication of Early Trade Unionism by Malcolm Chase

  • news 18-Jun-2011

    [18-Jun-2011] • Now accepting pre-orders for Wretched Faces and Warren James

    Ralph Anstis– Warren James and the Dean Forest Riots, The Disturbances of 1831

    We are now accepting pre-orders on the website at special pre-publication prices.

  • news 22-Mar-2011

    [22-Mar-2011] • Now accepting pre-orders for By Rite

    Bob Bushaway – By Rite, Custom, Ceremony and Community in England 1700-1880

    This book is due to be published on March 31st.
    We are now accepting pre-orders on the website at a special pre-publication price.

  • news 26-Sep-2010

    [26-Sep-2010] • Now accepting pre-orders for The People’s Farm

    Malcolm Chase – The People’s Farm, English Radical Agrarianism 1775-1840

    This book is due to be published on October 25th.
    We are now accepting pre-orders on the website at a special pre-publication price.

    Other News

    John E. Archer, (author of By a Flash and a Scare), was interviewed for an episode of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. Among other subjects, this 30 minute programme covered The Halsted Riots of 1816, which were a precursor to the Captain Swing uprising of 1830. It is available to listen online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tmlh8.

  • news 16-Jul-2010

    [16-Jul-2010] • Now accepting pre-orders for The Last Rising of the Agricultural Labourers

    Barry Reay – The Last Rising of the Agricultural Labourers, Rural Life and Protest in Nineteenth-Century England

    This book is due to be published at the end of the month.
    We are now accepting pre-orders on the website at a special pre-publication price.

  • news 26-June-2010

    [26-June-2010] • Forthcoming title announcement

    Bob Bushaway – By Rite, Custom, Ceremony and Community in England 1700-1880

    Bringing together a wealth of research, this book explores the view that rural folk practices were a mechanism of social cohesion, and social disruption. Through them the interdependence of the rural working-class and the gentry was affirmed, and infringements of the rights of the poor resisted, sometimes aggressively.

  • news 23-May-2010

    [23-May-2010] • Forthcoming title announcement

    Malcolm Chase – The People’s Farm, English Radical Agrarianism 1775-1840

    This book traces the development of agrarian ideas from the 1770s through to Chartism, and seeks to explain why, in an era of industrialization and urban growth, land remained one of the major issues in popular politics. Malcolm Chase considers the relationship between ‘land consciousness’ and early socialism; attempts to create alternative communities; and contemporary perceptions of nature and the environment. The People’s Farm also provides the most extensive study to date of Thomas Spence, and his followers the Spenceans.

  • news 9-May-2010

    [9-May-2010] • Announcing two forthcoming titles

    Breviary Stuff Publications is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the following two works.

    Roger Wells – Insurrection, The British Experience 1795-1803

    On 16 November 1802 a posse of Bow Street Runners raided the Oakley Arms, a working class pub in Lambeth, on the orders of the Home Office. Over thirty men were arrested, among them, and the only one of any social rank, Colonel Edward Marcus Despard. Despard and twelve of his associates were subsequently tried for high treason before a Special Commission, and Despard and six others were executed on 21 February 1803. It was alleged that they had planned to kill the King, seize London and overturn the government and constitution.

    Roger Wells – Wretched Faces, Famine in Wartime England, 1793-1801

    “The histrory of riots reaches its full maturity when riots break out of monographic case studies to be incorporated into full histories. Roger Wells includes riot as one dimension of his rich attempt to comprehend the whole range of responses of British society to the famines of 1794-96 and 1799-1801. These famines dramatically revealed the fragile equilibrium underpinning national subsistence, and its propensity to collapse. Wells explains how and why the archaic structure of state and society in Britain did just manage not to collapse. He succeeds masterfully at the national level. His study is essential to a full undertsanding of British society.” 

    We aim to have both these titles in print by the autumn. Further details will be available on the website shortly.

  • news 25-Apr-2010

    [25-Apr-2010] • Now accepting pre-orders for ‘By a Flash and a Scare’

    John E. Archer – ‘By a Flash and a Scare’, Arson, Animal Maiming, and Poaching in East Anglia 1815-1870

    This book is due to be published on or around May 14th.
    We are now accepting pre-orders on the website at a special pre-publication price.
    Click here for more information