Dr Alexandra Gajda

Featured Publication

Paul Cavill and Alexandra Gajda eds., Writing the History of Parliament in Tudor and Early Stuart England (2018)

writing the history of parliament

This volume of essays explores the rise of parliament in the historical imagination of early modern England. The enduring controversy about the nature of parliament informs nearly all debates about the momentous religious, political and governmental changes of the period - most significantly, the character of the Reformation and the causes of the Revolution. Meanwhile, scholars of ideas have emphasised the historicist turn that shaped political culture. Religious and intellectual imperatives from the sixteenth century onwards evoked a new interest in the evolution of parliament, framing the ways that contemporaries interpreted, legitimised and contested Church, state and political hierarchies. The essays in this volume explore early modern conceptions of parliament through analysis of chronicles, more overtly 'literary' texts, antiquarian scholarship, religious polemic, political pamphlets, and the intricate processes that forge memory and tradition.  



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.

  • Corpus Christi, Catholics, and the Elizabethan Reformation

  • The Elizabethan Church and the Antiquity of Parliament

  • Writing the history of parliament in Tudor and early Stuart England

  • The Gordian Knot of Policy: Statecraft and the Prudent Prince

  • Introduction

  • The earl of Essex and the ‘popish plot

  • The Earl of Essex and 'politic history'

  • The Earl of Essex and Late Elizabethan Political Culture

  • Education as a courtier

  • Tacitus and political thought in early modern Europe, c.1530-c.1640

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