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University of York
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English Reformation, Counter-Reformation Europe, Post-Reformation Catholicism, sound, senses, music, society, and culture in early modern England, women, women's writing, convents, nuns, exiles, migration, language.
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About Me

I am Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York and specialist of the cultural and religious history of early modern England. I have experience sharing my research with a public audience on TV and radio, and have offered expert advice and comment for musical recording projects and TV shows.

Recent Publications


(ed. with Robin Macdonald and Elizabeth L. Swann) Sensing the Sacred in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (London: Routledge, 2018).

Peer-reviewed Essays:

‘Making Memories in post-Reformation English Catholic musical miscellanies’ in Memory and the English Reformation Brian Cummings et al (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

‘Exile and Linguistic Encounter: Early Modern English Convents in the Low Countries and France’, Renaissance Quarterly 73 (2020): 132-164.

‘Language and Power in an English Convent in Exile, c.1621-c.1631’, The Historical Journal 62 (2019): 101-125.

‘Introduction’ in Sensing the Sacred in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (New York: Routledge, 2018). With Robin Macdonald and Elizabeth Swann.

‘A sense of place: hearing English Catholicism in the Spanish Habsburg territories, 1568-1659’ in Sensing the Sacred, eds. Murphy, Macdonald and Swann, 136-157.

‘Musical self-fashioning and the “theatre of death” in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England’, Renaissance Studies 30 (2016): 410-429.

‘Ballads and Catholic culture in post-Reformation Lancashire: piety, protest and conversion’, British Catholic History 32 (2015): 492-525.

‘Adoramus te Christe: Music and post-Reformation English Catholic domestic piety’ in Religion and the Household: Studies in Church History Vol. 50, eds. Alexandra Walsham et al. (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2014): 242-255.

Media Coverage
I have media experience, and have shared my research expertise with the general public through features on radio (BBC Radio 4), and on television in the UK (BBC 1 - Countryfile) and US (What on Earth, The Science Channel - for WAG TV).
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 6
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Migration & Immigration, Religion