Ludicrus Histories is the website and blog of Taylor Aucoin.
I’m a social and cultural historian of medieval and early modern Britain, particularly interested in Carnival, festivity, and play (‘ludicrus’ being Latin for playful, sportive, theatrical, dramatic, etc.). I study how these practices and traditions of play intersected with social relations, identities, and politics in the past; how people used them to shape their social worlds.
I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol, with a thesis on medieval and early modern Shrovetide, or the British pre-Lenten Carnival. I am now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter, working on the European Research Council-funded project ‘Forms of Labour: Gender, Freedom and Work in the Preindustrial Economy’.
You can access my thesis here, or read more generally about my research here and in my blog posts. And do come along to Merry Shrovetide, an annual festival of events about the premodern history of Pancake Day and Carnival in England, Scotland and Wales.