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Printed to be sold at the crown in Pope's head Alley: Hannah Allen, Livewell Chapman and the dissemination of the fifth monarchists' texts during the English Revolution (1646-1665)

Grant number: 12/24289-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2013
Effective date (End): March 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Luis Filipe Silverio Lima
Grantee:Verônica Calsoni Lima
Host Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:09/53257-3 - Seventeenth century interpretations of the five kingdoms dreams: sebastianists, joanists, and fifth-monarchy men, and the concepts of empire, universal monarchy, republic and sovereignty - Portugal, England and Americas, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):14/12026-7 - A fifth monarchy project disseminated by a bookstore: millenarian and prophetical texts produced and sold by Hannah Allen and Livewell Chapman at the crown in Pope's head alley, BE.EP.MS


This project aims to reflect about the production and dissemination of texts by fifth monarchists authors made by a bookstore in London, responsible for marketing several radical printed texts, during the period of the English Revolution. This workshop initially belonged to Benjamim Allen, but it was transferred to his wife, Hannah Allen, shortly after his dead in 1646. The widow worked as a bookseller, publishing especially seditious texts, until 1651, when she married one of the apprentices of the workshop, Livewell Chapman. Chapman became the leading bookseller of the Fifth Monarchy Men, publishing texts that, interpreting the prophetic dreams of the Book of Daniel, were proposed a reorganization of the society in the expectation of the arrival of the kingdom of a thousand years of happiness, in which Crist would have a universal government over the men. His activities in the book trade of fifth monarchists' texts stood out between the years of 1650 and 1660 and were the subject of controversy, accusations and persecutions. Therefore, we aim to understand how the fifth monarchists' texts are related to the growing radical printing press during the English Revolution, from the study of the bookshop owned by Allen/Chapman. (AU)

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