- English writing on the Ottomans, 1450-1700
- Book and book trade history
- Broadside ballads
- Digital History
I am an early modern cultural and intellectual historian whose work explores British perceptions of and relationships with the wider world, as well as the transnational movement of ideas, people, and goods, book history, and digiral history.
Current projects include the Art of Travel, 1500-1850, an online database of Travel Advice literature (Ars apodemica), and the Business of Books, a study of the business and social networks of sixteenth century London publishers.
Much of my previous research focussed on English writing on and perceptions of the Ottoman Empire and Islam in the early modern period. My book Writing the Ottomans: Turkish History in early England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) argues that historical writing was crucial to the ways in whichEuropean authors and readers engaged in intellectual and cultural termswith the Ottoman Empire, and explores the development of this discourse in an English context.
Writing the Ottomans: Turkish History in Early Modern England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Histories of the Turks were a central means through which English authors engaged in intellectual and cultural terms with the Ottoman Empire, its advance into Europe following the capture of Constantinople (1454), and its continuing central European power up to the treaty of Karlowitz (1699). Writing the Ottomans examines historical writing on the Turks in England from 1480-1700. It explores the evolution of this discourse from its continental roots, and its development in response to moments of military crisis such as the Long War of 1593-1606 and the War of the Holy League 1683-1699, as well as Anglo-Ottoman trade and diplomacy throughout the seventeenth century. From the writing of central authors such as Richard Knolles and Paul Rycaut, to lesser known names, it reads English histories of the Turks in their intellectual, religious, political, economic and print contexts, and analyses their influence on English perceptions of the Ottoman world.