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"Wanton nights and riotous feasts": Early Modern Representations of Virtue and Vice

The reference which forms the title of our conference comes from the sermon John Donne preached at the funerals of Sir William Cokayne Knight, Alderman of London, on December 12th 1626:

 

"Though a man knew not, that every sin casts another shovell of Brimstone upon him in Hell, yet if he knew that every Riotous feast cuts off a year, and every wanton night seven years of his seventy in this world, it were some degree towards perfection in knowledge." 
 

 

 

 

"Wanton nights and riotous feasts" is the inaugural conference from the Midlands Early Modern Network: a network established and based at the University of Warwick to promote interdisciplinary exchange between scholars of the Early Modern period from a variety of disciplines.