Who We Are

Anna Jenkin, University of Sheffield

I am an AHRC/ Entente Cordiale funded PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My thesis title is ‘Perceptions of the murderess in eighteenth-century London and Paris 1674-1789’. My key research interests are comparative Franco-British history (I chair the Franco-British network for seventeenth and eighteenth century research), criminal history, gender history, urban history and print history, I have a forthcoming chapter entitled Wives with Knives and lovers: the adulterous murderous wife in the lodging household of 18th century London and Paris, in E. Challus and M Kaartinen, Gendering Space in the Early Modern Town, (Routledge, forthcoming).

hip12acj@sheffield.ac.uk / francbrit.wordpress.com


Dr Siobhan Talbott, Keele University

My research interests lie in early modern British economic and social history, which I study in European and Atlantic contexts. In particular, my work explores the impact of wars and other political conflict on trade routes and commercial relationships, investigates the construction of commercial networks, communities and identities, and considers the interaction between early modern economies and societies. I hold a number of external academic roles, including co-editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Secretary of the Scottish History Society, and Publicity Officer for NWEMS, and I sit on the Academic Board of the Liverpool Centre for Port and Maritime History.

Key publications:

  • S. Talbott, Conflict, Commerce and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713 (London, 2014).
  • S. Talbott, ‘“Such unjustificable practices?”: Irish trade, settlement and society in France, 1688-1715’, Economic History Review, 67.2 (2014), pp. 556-577.
  • S. Talbott, ‘British Commercial Interests on the French Atlantic Coast, c.1560-1713’, Historical Research, 85.229 (2012), pp. 394-409. (Winner of the Institute of Historical Research/Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Pollard Prize, 2011.)
  • S. Talbott, ‘Beyond “The Antiseptic Realm of Theoretical Economic Models”: New Perspectives on Franco-Scottish Commerce and the Auld Alliance in the Long Seventeenth Century’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 31.2 (2011), pp. 149-168. (Winner of the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland Research Essay Prize, 2009.)

s.talbott@keele.ac.uk; @SiobhanTalbott; http://www.keele.ac.uk/history/people/siobhantalbott/; https://keele.academia.edu/SiobhanTalbott

Jenni Hyde

Early modern social, religious and political history and music with an emphasis on Tudor ballads as a historical resource; the Reformation in England and Europe; gendered monarchy; the Spanish conquest of the Americas. earlymodernballads@aol.com; http://www.earlymodernballads.wordpress.com

Allan Kennedy, University of Manchester

My research focuses on Scottish and British History in the early-modern period. I am currently working on a project, led by Professor Keith Brown of the University of Manchester, about Scottish migration to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The principal focus of my personal research is the relationship between Highlands and Lowlands in seventeenth-century Scotland, particularly in terms of Scottish state formation and read within the context of centre-periphery interaction across contemporary Britain and Europe. I am also interested in issues of social control and criminal justice in the early-modern period. Major publications include the monograph, Governing Gaeldom: The Scottish Highlands and the Restoration State (Leiden, 2014), as well as various articles in British, European and North American journals.


Daniel Szechi, University of Manchester

The Carnegy Letters- This project is the latest stage in my exploration of the Jacobite mind. Early Eighteenth century Britain was a brittle polity. Behind the facade of political stability, politeness and commercial prosperity were deep ideological tensions that periodically expressed themselve in major uprisings. These enemies of the established order are conventionally lumped together simply as ‘Jacobites’.

Over the past twenty years I have explored the Jacobite mind in a series of books and articles; now I will extend my exploration into the Jacobite heart of darkness. For at the irreducible core of the Jacobite cause in mainland Britain lay the Scottish Roman Catholics. The tiny Scottish Catholic minority was strikingly more activist and directly instrumental in making Jacobite events happen than any other group in the Jacobite movement. They were amongst the first to embrace the Stuart cause and amongst the last to desert it. Yet their role and their vision has been obscured by both contemporaries and posterity.

My primary vehicle for exploration of these issues is a particular individual: James Carnegy, a priest in the underground Catholic church in Scotland. There is, however, a major problem with Carnegy’s correspondence. Many of his codelists were subsequently lost, and the context that would enable Carnegy’s readers to understand what he was talking about when he refers to the sale of particular types of merchandise, lawsuits won and lost, etc, has receded into obscurity. I propose to tackle this problem by approaching the writing of a book on Carnegy and the Scottish Catholic mindset in two stages, as I did with my book on George Lockhart of Carnwath. Stage one will be the preparation of an edition of the Carnegy letters. I will publish the correspondence in electronic form, with the British History Online project hosted by the Institute of Historical Research. By the time the edition of the letters is complete and on the web I will fully comprehend Carnegy’s vision of the world, and will be able to turn to stage two, the ultimate goal of the whole project: writing the analysis of his, and the Scottish Catholic Jacobite, mentality.

Key publications

  • Britain’s Lost Revolution? Jacobite Scotland and French Grand Strategy 1701-1708 (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2015) 1715: the Great Jacobite Rebellion (Yale University Press, New Haven, pp. xvi + 351, 2006)
  • George Lockhart of Carnwath 1689-1727: a Study in Jacobitism (Tuckwell Press, East Lothian, pp. x + 230, 2002) The Jacobites. Britain and Europe, 1688-1788 (Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. xxvi + 172, 1994)
  • with Prof. G. Holmes, The Age of Oligarchy: Pre-Industrial Britain 1722-1783 (Longmans, pp. xvi + 439, 1993)
  • Jacobitism and Tory Politics, 1710-14 (John Donald Press, Edinburgh, pp. ix + 220, 1984)


Ann Hughes, Keele University

The focus of my research is the English Revolution, and I am currently most interested in preaching in the 1640s and 1650s, especially parliamentary preaching, exploring hearers’ responses as well as preachers’ texts. I am also working on parish accounts of civil war losses as ways in which ordinary people recorded their experiences of civil war. Publications include Politics, Society and Civil War in Warwickshire; The Causes of the English Civil War; Gangraena and the Struggle for the English Revolution; Gender and the English Revolution.


Prof Rebecca Herissone, University of Manchester

Research Interests:

  • Purcell and seventeenth-century English music
  • Creativity in early modern music
  • Early modern manuscript and print cultures
  • Ontological issues relating to Baroque music
  • Baroque performance practice
  • English music theory 1580-1730

Key Publications:

  • Rebecca Herissone, Musical Creativity in Restoration England (Cambridge: CUP, 2013)
  • Rebecca Herissone and Alan Howard (eds.), Concepts of Creativity in Seventeenth-Century England (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2013)
  • Rebecca Herissone (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Henry Purcell (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012)
  • Rebecca Herissone, ‘To Fill, Forbear, or Adorne’: The Organ Accompaniment of Restoration Sacred Music. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)
  • Rebecca Herissone, Music Theory in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: OUP, 2000)
  • Rebecca Herissone. ‘Playford, Purcell and the Functions of Music Publishing in Restoration England’, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 63 (2010), 243-90
  • Rebecca Herissone, ‘Robert Pindar, Thomas Busby, and the Mysterious Scoring of Henry Purcell’s “Come ye sons of art”‘, Music & Letters, 88 (2007), 1-48
  • Rebecca Herissone, ‘”Fowle Originalls” and “Fayre Writeing”: Reconsidering Purcell’s Compositional Process’, Journal of Musicology, 23 (2006), 569-619


Natalie Zacek, University of Manchester

Colonial British America and the Atlantic world, especially the West Indies _Settler Society in the English Leeward Islands, 1670-1776_ (Cambridge University Press, 2010)


Nandini Das, University of Liverpool

I work on Renaissance romance, fiction and early travel and cross-cultural encounters. Other research interests include early modern cultural and intellectual history, editing theory and history of the book, Shakespeare, Renaissance theatre and popular culture, women’s writing (especially Renaissance women writers and female pseudo-autobiographies from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth century), the development of early eighteenth century Orientalism, and digital humanities. My recent publications include _Robert Greene’s Planetomachia_ (2007), _Renaissance Romance: The Transformation of English Prose Fiction, 1570-1620_ (2011), and essays on Richard Hakluyt and early modern travel. I am currently working on ‘Common Places’, a Leverhulme Trust funded project on Renaissance travel and cultural memory. I also run the UKIERI funded ‘Envisioning the Indian City’ project (http://eticproject.wordpress.com). https://www.liv.ac.uk/english/staff/nandini-das/

Noelle Dückmann Gallagher, Manchester

My work focuses on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. My first book, _Historical Literatures: Writing about the Past in Britain, 1660-1740_, argued that many of the genres we now consider ‘literary’– satire and panegyric, secret history, memoir– were also being used by Restoration and early-eighteenth-century writers as vehicles for historical representation. I am currently working on a book on venereal disease in the eighteenth-century imagination.


Julianne Simpson, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester Rare Books and Maps Manager at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester.

Previously worked in London, Oxford and Melbourne and completed the MA in the History of the Book at the University of London in 1997. She has previously used the Plantin archives in her research on the sale and distribution of the Biblia Regia, the polyglot Bible published by Christopher Plantin from 1568 to 1573. Her research interests include the international book trade in the 16th century, the study of libraries in the early modern period and the recording of provenance in library catalogues.

Key papers/publications

  • “The dispersal of Sir Hans Sloane’s library: a case study from the Medical Society of London collection” From Books to Bezoars: Sir Hans Sloane and his Collections (British Library, 2013)
  • “Selling the Biblia Regia: the marketing and distribution methods for Christopher Plantin’s Polyglot Bible” Books for Sale: the Advertising and Promotion of Print from the Fifteenth Century edited by Robin Myers, Michael Harris and Giles Mandelbrote (Oak Knoll/British Library, 2009)
  • “The acquisition of books by Jesuit colleges in the sixteenth century as recorded in the Plantin-Moretus archives” SHARP, September 2014 (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • “The sale and distribution of Christopher Plantin’s polyglot bible” Seminar on the History of the Book 1450-1800, February 2008 (Oxford)
  • “Collecting medical ephemera in the 18th and 20th centuries” From Here to Ephemerality: Fugitive Sources in Libraries, Archives, and Museums 48th Annual RBMS Preconference, June 2007 (Baltimore, MD)


Cordelia Warr, Manchester University

Miraculous wounds in between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries; the representation of dress in the middle ages and renaissance.


  • 2010 Dressing for Heaven: Religious Clothing in Italy 1215-1545, Manchester University Press; 2014
  • Edited with Anne Kirkham, Wounds in the middle ages, Ashgate; 2008
  • Edited with Janis Elliott, Import/Export: painting, sculpture and architecture in the kingdom of Naples, special issue of Art History 31/4; 2004
  • Edited with Janis Elliott, Art, patronage and iconography: the trecento church of Santa Maria Donna Regina in Naples, Ashgate.


Michael Smith, University of Manchester

My PhD thesis focuses upon the role of feeling (emotions) in the devotions of Protestants living in the North West of England between 1660 and c.1740. The study draws upon Thomas Dixon’s differentiation between categories of feeling (e.g. passions, affections, sentiment) within the early modern period and Barbara Rosenwein’s concept of “emotional communities”. As such, the study looks to address narratives of decline and division within the current historiography of post-Restoration English Protestantism. I argue that a nuanced appreciation of language can demonstrate that the piety of the period was not wholly consumed by a reaction against enthusiasm. Moreover, that Protestants of the period engaged with, and assented to communities guided by “affective (emotional) norms”, which were transgressive of issues of conformity and confession.


Dr Sasha Handley, University of Manchester

Sasha specialises in early modern social and cultural history in the British Isles. Her first book Visions of an Unseen World: Ghost Beliefs and Ghost Stories in Eighteenth-Century England (2007) revealed the vibrancy of supernatural beliefs in an age of Enlightenment. Her second book Sleep in Early Modern England, offers the first in-depth study of perceptions and practices of sleep in early modern households. Sasha is currently pursuing a variety of side projects relating to the history of hair, holy relics and old age. Sasha is Chair of the North West Early Modern Seminar and co-convenor of the John Rylands Seminar on Print and Materiality in the Early Modern World.


Dr Jenny Spinks, The University of Manchester

Jenny Spinks works on the history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on Germany, France, and the Low Countries. She joined the University of Manchester in 2012, after several years as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Jenny is particularly interested in the use of visual images as historical sources, and has worked as a critic and exhibition curator. In collaboration with Dr Sasha Handley, she is currently working towards a exhibition titled ‘Magic and the Expanding Early Modern World’ at the John Rylands Library, Manchester. Jenny’s publications include Monstrous Births and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-Century Germany (London, 2009), and — co-edited with Cathy Leahy and Charles Zika — the exhibition catalogue The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster (Melbourne, 2012). She is currently working on a book project with the working title Prodigious Histories: Wonder Books and Print Culture across Reformation Europe. In this project, she examines the ways that early modern Protestants and Catholics in northern Europe used printed reports of disastrous and wondrous events in order to polemically borrow from and reinvent each other’s stories about the terrifying wonders of the natural world. This project builds upon her previous work on reports of ‘monstrous births’ in early modern German print culture. In collaboration with Susan Broomhall, Jenny has also published on early modern women and their later presentation in historical, artistic, heritage-based and touristic contexts in the Low Countries. Several new projects concern religious print culture in northern Europe: one examines representations of southen Indian religious iconography in northern Europe, while a collaborative project concerns very early Protestant visual propaganda.


Georg Christ The University of Manchester

Eastern Mediterranean, Venice, Mamluk Empire, Hanseatic League; Trade, Empire and State Formation; Knowledge Management, News; Military and Naval History


  • Trading Conflicts. Venetian Merchants and Mamluk Officials in Late Medieval Alexandria The Medieval Mediterranean 93, (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
  • with Franz-Julius Morche et al. eds., Union in Separation: Diasporas and Diasporic Groups in the Wider Mediterranean (1100-1800) (Roma: Viella, forthcoming).


Simon Hill, Liverpool John Moores

British Empire during the period of the American Revolution. Specifically, the British imperial policy-making process and the impact of warfare. My teaching interests extend to the Empire in the Far East. I currently have two items being peer-reviewed, and PhD due for a January or February 2015 submission.


Elizabeth Hill, University of Liverpool

My interests lie in early modern Mesoamerica. I am currently researching the female experience of the conquest of Mexico, looking at both indigenous and Spanish women. As well as early modern Mexico and Spain, I am interested in other pre-Columbian Latin American cultures, particularly Andean. I am also working on a chapter entitled ‘Conquest’ on a forthcoming publication on the uses of primary sources.


Dr Fred Schurink, University of Manchester

See personal webpage (link below).


Dr. Harald E. Braun, University of Liverpool

I am a historian of late medieval and early modern political thought and culture. I am particularly interested in the ways in which different fields of knowledge – for instance, law and theology, science and history – shape early modern political debate, process, and decision. I mainly focus on the culture and politics of knowledge in the Habsburg empires in Europe and the Americas. Currently, I am looking into the theory and practice of political advice in early modern Europe, especially the Spanish Habsburg monarchy.

Key publications:

  • (2014) The Transatlantic Hispanic Baroque: Complex Identities in the Atlantic World, ed. HE Braun/J Pérez-Magallón. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • (2013) Theorising the Ibero-American Atlantic, ed. HE Braun/L Vollendorf (The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World Series). Leiden: Brill Publishers.
  • (2011) The Renaissance Conscience, ed. HE Braun/E Vallance. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • (2007) Juan de Mariana SJ (1535-1624) and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought (Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700 Series). Aldershot: Ashgate.

Web: http://www.liv.ac.uk/history/staff/harald-braun & https://liverpool.academia.edu/HaraldErnstBraun h.e.braun@liv.ac.uk

James Mawdesley, Liverpool Hope University

My main research interest is in the study of religion and society in England (and especially in northern England) between circa 1560-1700. I am particularly interested in the practice of ordained ministry during this period, and in clerical involvement in campaigns for political and religious reform. This dimension of clerical life was the subject of my 2014 University of Sheffield Ph. D. thesis, ‘Clerical politics in Lancashire and Cheshire during the reign of Charles I, 1625-1649’. I am also interested in how both clergy and laity (both within and outside of the Church of England) used church buildings during this period, and this is something on which I would like to undertake research upon in the future.

Key publications:

  • ‘Quakers, Tithe Opposition, and the Presbyterian National Church: The Case of Cartmel, Lancashire, c. 1644-1660’, Journal of Historical Sociology, xxiv (2011), 381-408.
  • ‘Laudianism in the Diocese of Chester: Revisiting the Episcopate of John Bridgeman’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, clxii (2013), 221-228.
  • ‘The harassment of Isaac Allen: Puritanism, parochial politics, and Prestwich’s troubles during the first English civil war’, Historical Research, lxxxvii (2014), 655-678. (with Christopher Spencer),
  • ‘The politics of the chancel screen: Samuel Moore, Slaidburn, and the parochial dynamics of Laudianism’, The Seventeenth Century, xxix (2014), 359-380.


James E. Shaw, University of Sheffield

My research focuses on the relationship of legal structures (laws, practices, institutions) to the daily practices of economic life. During 2009-10, I examined credit disputes in early modern Florence through close study of supplications for justice. These sources are invaluable for presenting credit disputes embedded in a narrative of personal circumstances, providing rich evidence of market practices, laws and ethics, as well as key aspects of the operation of justice, authority and power in the early modern state. My new project – Debt in Venice – applies this approach to early modern Venice using denunciations for fraud. Here plaintiffs typically made a moral case that their contractual relations must be interpreted with regard to personal circumstances, in contrast to the normally dry and formal records of debt litigation. I aim to use these records to explore what ethical and legal concepts meant in practice for those operating in the market.

Key Publications:

  • ‘Market Ethics and Credit Practices in Sixteenth-Century Tuscany’, Renaissance Studies, 27(2) (2013), pp.236-252
  • ‘Writing to the Prince: Supplications, Equity, and Absolutism in Sixteenth-Century Tuscany’, Past & Present, 215(1) (2012), pp.51-83
  • Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence, with Evelyn Welch (Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2011)
  • The Justice of Venice: Authorities and Liberties in the Urban Economy, 1550-1700 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)


Hannah Robb, University of Manchester

AHRC PhD candidate researching the culture of credit in fifteenth-century Northern England. The project uses manorial records to look at the types of social conflict which surrounded debt litigation cases. I am also interested in the role of the credit market as an impetus to charitable giving in the seventeenth century.



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