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University of Winchester
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early modern England, queenship, Mary I, gender, religion, national identity, identity, historiography, legacy, memory, literary studies
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About Me

Johanna Strong recently completed a PhD at the University of Winchester under the supervision of Dr Ellie Woodacre and Dr Simon Sandall. Titled ‘The Making of a Queen: The Effect of Religion, National Identity, and Gender on Mary I’s Legacy in the English Historical Narrative’, Johanna’s PhD thesis examined the ways in which Mary I’s legacy was posthumously created and how this legacy is perpetuated through to the English Republic. She completed her MA at Queen’s University in Canada under the supervision of Dr Jeffrey Collins.


Her research has been featured in two Winchester Heritage Open Days “Hampshire HistBites” episodes, on the Team Queens blog, with Tudors Dynasty, on the Tudor Society site, on the Talking Tudors podcast, and most recently in a series for Winchester Cathedral. Her first chapter was published in early 2022 in Valerie Schutte and Jessica S. Hower’s Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction. If you’d like to follow her research, she can be found on Twitter @jo_strong_, Instagram @_johanna.strong_, and at her Linktree

Recent Publications

“Royal Studies in a Virtual Space”. Co-Authored with Amy Saunders. Court Historian 26, no. 1 (2021): 107-109.

Mary I, Queen of England – How ‘Bloody’ Was She?”, Winchester Cathedral Record Extra, May 2021.

“Happily Ever After?: Elizabethan Representations of Mary I and Philip II’s Marriage”. In Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction, edited by Valerie Schutte and Jessica S. Hower. 2022.

 Exhibition Review: ‘Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens’ at the British Library”, Team Queens, 25 January 2022.

Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots”, Team Queens, 4 January 2021.

Book Review: The Monstrous Regiment of Women: Female Rulers in Early Modern Europe by Sharon L. Jansen”, Team Queens, 20 December 2021.

Book Review: The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn”, Team Queens, 6 December 2021.

Misremembering Mary I: History’s Largest Misconceptions about England’s First Crowned Queen Regnant”, Tudors Dynasty, 20 June 2021.

Book Review: Before the Reign Falls: The Lost Words of Lady Jane Grey by David Black”, Team Queens, 7 June 2021.

Remembering Mary: Examining the Creation of Mary I’s Legacy in the Historical Narrative”, Team Queens, 25 March 2021.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Religion, Women