Thesis: 'Martial Culture and Military Service in Spanish and English Armies, c.1511-1604'
I am interested in military thought, culture and practice in the Renaissance, and more broadly the development of war, state and society in the era of the Early Modern 'Military Revolution', an age of revolutionary military change and the development of professional soldiering. My research centres on the military writing and martial cultures of Spanish and English soldiers and officers in the sixteenth century, from the Conquest of America through the Italian Wars and Tudor campaigns through to the end of the first phase of the Eighty Years War in 1609. I completed an MA at St Andrews (2016-20) with my dissertation on the martial culture of the conquistadores, and an MPhil in Early Modern history at New College (2020-2) supervised by Professor David Parrott, studying Elizabethan military manuals and their attitudes to the Spanish tercio infantry regiments, and military professionalism as a whole. This was awarded the Best in Cohort prize for the Early Modern history strand 2021/2 and will form an important part of my doctoral thesis. I am also interested in the Spanish conquest of America, and the 'power and glory' of early modern royal representation. I am a member of the Pike and Shot Society.
I also read, research and write about literature, with a particular interest in Renaissance drama, and poetry c.1850-1980, and am a member of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship
Helion & Company, Pike and Shot Society and Society for Army Historical Research, 'Retinue to Regiment' Tudor Warfare Conference (Birmingham), September 2023
'The Pikes of Essex: The Essex Trained Bands and Elizabethan National Defence'
History of War Seminar DPhil Presentation Day (Oxford), March 2023
'Military Culture and Writing in Renaissance-Era Spanish and English Armies'
Weapons in Society III, Royal Armouries (Leeds), January 2023
'Weapons and Warfare in Elizabethan Military Handbooks', panelist for Panel Two: the Cultural Context of Arms and Armour
Early Modern MSt Dissertation Workshop (Oxford), May 2022
'English Military Theory, the Spanish Threat and the Military Revolution, c.1558-1604'
MPhil Concepts & Controversies Seminar (Oxford), January 2022
'The Military Revolution: Concepts and Problems'
Review, Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker, Armada: The Spanish Enterprise and England's Deliverance in 1588 (2022), in International Journal of Maritime History, forthcoming
'The German War Memorial in New College Chapel', in New College Notes, 17 (2022), No.8