The Reformation in Britain. All aspects of religious history from the late fifteenth to the mid-seventeenth century. Social history of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in England, especially the nobility and gentry.
Dr Heal has written books on the economic problems of the Tudor bishops, on hospitality in early modern England and on the gentry. Her most recent book is Reformation in Britain and Ireland. She is now researching the theme of gift giving and social exchange.