I’m Grant Smith. Thanks for visiting.
Despite arriving in my mid 30’s with a purely scientific and engineering education, I took an MA in the (loquacious titled) Comparative History of Early Modern European Society at Birkbeck in 2008/9. This was a superb experience and added some intellectual discipline to a curious mind. It also, rather unexpectedly, inspired in me a fascination for the medieval and Early Modern Venetian Republic as well as the English topics which had tempted me onto the course in the first place.
Sadly a further course of formal study is beyond me at the moment, and a PhD a pipedream but, inspired by my friend and Birkbeck MA Colleague Nick Poyntz ‘s excellent Mercurius Politicus blog, I decided a blog would be a good way to provide a forum for some thoughts and a focus for some research without the deadlines and conventions of proper academia.
My Birkbeck studies will be a starting point for the blog. Some of work I did on essays and my dissertation has nuggets which are worth repackaging and sharing on here, whilst there are other topics which I came across but didn’t have time to pursue which I would now like to dig into. I’ll mainly write about Early Modern Britain (argue amongst yourselves what Early Modern means, or what Britain means at the time) and Italy, with the odd excursion into France. It is my blog however, so I may well wonder drunkenly within our without those arbitrary boundaries.