My research centres on the political, religious and cultural history of later sixteenth and early seventeenth-century England and particularly the study of early modern women.
My new book, The Cooke Sisters: Education, Piety and Politics in Early Modern England (2013), explores the lives of five remarkable sixteenth-century women: Mildred Cooke Cecil (1526-1589), Anne Cooke Bacon (1528-1610), Margaret Cooke Rowlett (c.1533-1558), Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell (c. 1540-1609) and Katherine Cooke Killigrew (c. 1542-1583). Part of the select group of Tudor women allowed access to a formal education, the Cooke sisters were also well-connected through their marriages to influential Elizabethan politicians. Drawing particularly on their own writings, this book reconstructs for the first time the sisters' humanist education and reveals the extent of their religious and political agency. The extensive extant correspondence of one of the Cooke sisters, Lady Anne Bacon, is the subject of my forthcoming edition in 2014 for the Camden series. My current research project looks more widely at the political activities of early modern Englishwomen.