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Bath Spa University, UK
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Early modern London, theatre history, civic governance and culture in the early modern period, pageantry.
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About Me

I specialise in the cultural history of early modern London with a particular focus on civic pageantry. I also run themed walking tours in the City of London, usually in partnership with the Guildhall Library. Currently editor-in-chief of Records of Early English Drama: Civic London 1558-1642.

Recent Publications

Pageantry and Power: a cultural history of the early modern Lord Mayor’s Show, 1585-1639 (Manchester University Press hbk 2010; pbk 2013)

‘ “The Grocers honour”: or, taking the City seriously in The Knight of the Burning Pestle’, Early Theatre, 20:2 (December 2017), 159-178

‘ “Ever obedient in his Studies”: Thomas Middleton and the City, c. 1621’, The London Journal, 42:2 (2017), 1-14

‘ “In fiction as in fact”: 40 years of literary studies in The London Journal’, The London Journal, 42:1 (2017), 1-12

‘Speechwriters of the Lord Mayor’s Show’, ‘ “To dazle and amaze the common Eye”: spectators of the Lord Mayor’s Show’, ‘The Elizabethan Lord Mayor’s Show’, ‘ “The Golden Fishing”: the 1616 Lord Mayor’s Show’, ‘Plague, storms and ‘the Dreadful Fire’, in The Lord Mayor’s Show: 800 Years 1215-2015 (London: Profile Books, 2015), 86-93, 96-7


‘The Merchant as Adventurer in Civic Pageantry’, in Caitlin Finlayson and Amrita Sen, eds., Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London (London: Routledge, 2020)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
1, 2, 3
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Material Culture, Urban History