Thank you to all who came to the Conference!

This is pretty much the final post (rather than the last post…) on the conference – which passed very successfully!  Thank you to all speakers and to all those who contributed (often volubly and very profitably) from the floor.  Key issues raised through the two days  included the relationship between the social and literary and the legal at the Inns; the changing nature of the Inns and of the attitudes of Innsmen over the early modern period; and the situation of the Inns in the Tudor and Jacobean educational systems.  The conference focused to a large degree on how Middle Templars contributed to theatrical production, the specifics of artistic endeavour linked closely to the Inns (such as the use of dance and masques); and the relationship one might see in Innsmen’s works between law, the Inns milieu (if such a thing exists!) and theatre (both at the playhouses and in a wider dramatic environment).

Thanks too for all those who have reported on/responded to the conference or on the Candlemas Revels  by email or online.  Perhaps the fullest review is by Pete Kirwan at

It *isn’t* the last post in many ways, I hope, as I plan to be announcing soon further work to keep academic work on the early modern Inns of Court online.  If you were not at the conference, but would like to be involved in, or informed of, such work, please don’t hesitate to email ( and I’ll add you to my circulation list!

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