As an undergraduate I read Ancient and Modern History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and continue to be interested in the reception of classical ideas and texts in the Early Modern period. From St Hugh’s I went to Cambridge to do an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, staying on to do a PhD on the French Catholic League. Before arriving at LMH I held the Carlyle/Clayman Junior Research Fellowship in the History of Political Thought at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
I teach Early Modern British and European History and History of Ideas from c. 1400-1700, as well as the History of Political Thought from antiquity to the nineteenth century.
I specialise in the intellectual history of Early Modern France, and am currently writing a monograph entitled ‘Troubled Kingdom. France and the Catholic League, 1576-1610’. I am particularly interested in the intersection between religious and political ideas in the context of the Wars of Religion, and the way in which scholars were re-thinking and re-evaluating the shape and purpose of the political community in Counter-Reformation France. I argue that the relationship between two communities, the national (French), and the supra-national (Catholic) was at stake rather than the construction of an abstract conception of ‘the state.’
More broadly, my research interests encompass the intellectual history of Early Modern Britain and Europe, with a particular emphasis on Dominican, Franciscan and Jesuit political thought.