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Research areas
Early modern Britain and Europe

Early modern Britain and Europe

Research interests in this area include a variety of aspects of social, political and cultural history in Britain, Ireland and Continental Europe between 1550 and 1750. Dr Gemma Allen is interested in the political, religious and cultural history of 16th- and early-17th-century England, particularly the study of early modern women. The government, elites and politics, religion and warfare in Elizabethan England are the focus of Dr Neil Younger’s research. Dr Suzanne Forbes studies early modern Irish social and political history. Dr Silvia De Renzi is interested in the history of early modern Italy, in particular the intersections between knowledge, religion and power. Dr Sara Wolfson specialises in the seventeenth century, particularly the court of Charles I, Stuart-Bourbon relations and Gender History.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


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Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 in a relevant degree plus a masters degree, or equivalent evidence of ability to write and research at a high level, or a first class degree with a dissertation element.

Potential research projects

If you would like to discuss a proposal for a research project please contact us.

Current/recent research projects

  • Christopher Mains, Espionage, the Monarchical Republic & the Career of Sir Robert Cecil, 1590–1603
  • Holly Harrod, Religion, Education and Charity in Early Modern England: Archdeacon Robert Johnson and his Grammar Schools, 1575–1630

Potential supervisors


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Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Luc-André Brunet
Email: FASS-History-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653266