The Experience of Exile in Early Modern Europe: The Palatine Family and the Thirty Years' War (1632-1648)
Supervisor: Dr Grant Tapsell & Prof. Peter Wilson
Funding: Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship
My research addresses questions of political capital, sovereignty and dynasticism during the seventeenth century through the examples of exiled royal and noble rulers. In particular, my work examines the political, financial, and dynastic resources of the exiled rulers of the Palatinate, and the strategies they pursued in their attempts to recover their lost lands and titles in the second half of the Thirty Years' War and during the period of the English Civil War.
As the 'Palatine family' were members of a vast familial network with links to the English royal family and many continental ruling dynasties, my research studies the limits and potential of European dynastic strategies and exile networks. In addition to contributing to the growing historiographical interest in early modern exiles, my thesis also seeks to contribute to the existing literature on the role of women in seventeenth-century statecraft, through a study of how exiled widow-regents such as Elizabeth of Bohemia and Amalia Elisabeth of Hesse Kassel were able to effectively promote their causes on the European political stage.
Teaching: Within Oxford I have taught on the 'Thirty Years' War' Special Subject module, and have lectured on the European context of the English Civil War.
Awards: Senior Scholarship (Lincoln College, Oxford: 2018); John Grenville Prize in History (University of Birmingham: 2014); Kenrick History Prize (University of Birmingham: 2011).