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Professor Alex Gajda

Alex Gajda

Associate Professor of Early Modern History

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My first monograph, The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture (2012), explored the relationship between politics and ideas (political and religious) in the late Elizabethan period.  

I am currently working on two main projects: the first addresses ideas about the antiquity and authority of Parliament as expressed in polemical debates about the legitimacy of the Protestant Church; the second is a study of travel and the political education of English gentlemen in the Elizabethan and early Stuart period. I am also interested in ideas of statecraft and reason of state in Elizabethan and Jacobean politics.


The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)


'The State of Christendom: history, political thought and the Essex circle', Historical Research, 81/213 (2008), 423-446


'Debating war and peace in late Elizabethan England', Historical Journal, 52/4 (2009)


'The earl of Essex and politic history', in A. Connolly, & L. Hopkins (eds.), Essex: the Life and Times of an Elizabethan Courtier (Manchester University Press, 2013)


'Tacitus and political thought in early modern Europe, c.1530-c.1640', in A. J. Woodman (ed.), The Cambridge companion to Tacitus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 253-268



'Education as a courtier', in J. Shami, D. Flynn, & M. T. Hester (eds.), The Oxford handbook of John Donne (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 395-407




'The earl of Essex and the "popish plot"', in S. Doran, & P. Kewes (eds.), The Question of Succession in Late Elizabethan England (Manchester University Press)

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