CONFERENCE NEWS: Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | CultureWhereas the Orlando textbase was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, the Orlando Project itself began in 1995. This May, the conference Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture will take place in Edmonton to mark the Orlando Project’s 20th birthday and to explore ongoing advances in the fields of digital literary and cultural studies. We look forward to welcoming an international, multidisciplinary group of delegates, who will participate in workshops, panels, and poster and demo sessions. For more information about the conference, including its featured speakers, check out its website at digitaldiversity2015.org and follow its Twitter account @digdiv2015.
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29 March 1461
In a climactic and singularly unchivalric battle of the Wars of the Roses, fought on Palm Sunday at Towton in North Yorkshire, about 28,000 men died and Edward IV's position as king was confirmed.Edward had already been proclaimed king, on 4 March. He was crowned on 28 June. The Lancastrians who lost this battle were fighting under Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, who after it fled to Scotland with her seven-year-old son and her incapable husband.The battle took place in snow. Among those who were killed, forty-three unusually tough and athletic young men were mutilated (sustaining "multiple injuries that are far in excess of those necessary to cause disability and death") and flung, tightly packed, into an impromptu burial pit. This was discovered in 1996 and has been excavated.
29 March 1614
Sir Walter Ralegh, aged about seventy, published his History of the World, written as a prisoner in the Tower of London: it is a pessimistic work, without heroes and without the usual sense of divine providence directing human affairs.He had entered it in the Stationers' Register in 1612, with the intention of following it with further instalments in world history (this book, beginning with the creation of the world, does not get as far as the birth of Christ). It was suppressed at the end of this year on the grounds that it was too critical of monarchs and rulers, but it was re-issued in 1617 and went through eleven editions by the end of the century.
29 March 1652
An eclipse of the sun, in John Evelyn's words, "so exceedingly alarm'd the whole Nation, so as hardly any would worke, none stir out of their houses; so ridiculously were they abused by knavish and ignorant star-gazers."
- 29 March 1461