Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Trinity College Dublin
Website URL
17th-century France, 18th-century France, gender, sexuality, emotions, cultural history of ancien régime France, kingship, queenship, royal mistresses.
Additional Contact Information
I can usually be found over at Twitter @lindapkiernan posting on French history, amongst other things, every day.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian of early modern France; my PhD was on the image of the royal mistress at the court of Louis XIV. My post-doctoral research focused on expanding this study to the reign of Louis XV, as well as investigating other avenues of cultural and gender history in early modern France. I have lectured in history at Trinity College Dublin since 2006.

Currently I am committed primarily to encouraging public engagement in history. To this end I regularly contribute to popular publications, tv and radio shows, and public events. Most recently I appeared on BBC Two’s Inside Versailles, BBC Radio 4’s When Greeks Flew Kites, and RTE’s Audience Council event on Fake News. I was an invited speaker at the 2017 Dublin Festival of History and TCD’s Probe EU Researchers event. My public engagement pieces have appeared in The Conversation,, The Wire (India), The, The Independent (London), RTÉ Brainstorm and The Washington Post.

Recent Publications

Recent public history articles:

‘For Irish women, more than just abortion rights are on the ballot this week’, The Washington Post May 2018
‘A brief history of the female voice’, RTÉ Brainstorm Jan 2018
‘The complexity of laughing at Trump’, The Conversation Nov 2017
‘Cinema and History: Is Christopher Nolan just a big old Romantic?’ Culturised Aug 2017
‘‘Frondeurs’ and Fake News: how misinformation ruled in 17th-century France’, in The Conversation, The Independent, RTÉ Brainstorm, The , Aug 2017
‘Trump’s White House might look like a royal court, but he’s no Louis XIV’, The Conversation June 2017

Select Publications

‘Feminist Consciousness in Historical Perspective’, in Naples et al (eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, (2016).
‘Absolutely Beautiful? Madame de Pompadour and the Aesthetics of Power’, in Christine Adams and Tracy Adams (eds.), Female Beauty Systems: Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the United States, Middle Ages to the Present (Cambridge, 2015)
Book Review: Giora Sternberg, Status Interaction at the Court of Louis XIV, in Reviews in History (Jan., 2015)
‘Cloister and Community: A Comparative view of the roles of Irish women in the convents of
early modern Flanders, France, Spain and Portugal’, in Power Strategies: Spain and Ireland,
1600-1825, edited by Oscar Recio Morales (Valencia, 2012)
‘Marie-Louise O’Murphy. Louis XV’s Irish Mistress’ in History Ireland, (Jan/Feb 2006).
‘Matrimony and the Mistress: Attitudes to Marriage at the court of Louis XIV, in Victims or Viragos: Studies on Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe 4, edited by Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless. Four Courts Press, (Dublin, 2005).
‘Early Modern Sexuality’, ‘Sexual Politics’, ‘Seduction’, ‘The Pill’, ‘Mistress’ and other articles in Sexuality: The Essential Glossary edited by Jo Eadie, Arnold and Oxford University Press, (London, 2004).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Public History, Sexuality, Women