Chair of the Faculty of Arts

Fellow of the Institut d’Études Avancées de Paris (Feb.-June 2019)

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My principal area of interest is the social, religious, cultural and political history of sixteenth-century France, especially its wars of religion (c.1562-1598). Having begun with a study of the impact of the wars in the town of Troyes, my research has broadened to include the whole of urban France, covering such diverse topics as petitioning, fires, popular revolts, and the conflicts arising over the siting of Reformed worship and burial. My most recent book focuses on the attempts to establish some kind of 'peace process' during the wars and the impact of this on confessional relations and royal authority. My new research project explores the clandestine world of Huguenot correspondence, espionage and information-gathering. Eventually, I intend to write a contextual study of the world of Nostradamus.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate students on any aspect of sixteenth-century French history.

PhD Theses Supervised