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- Australian National University
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- Balladry, early modern history, early modern cultural history, history of sex, court studies, capital punishment, public execution, history of torture
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- About Me
I’m a cultural and literary historian who works on the early modern, pan-European tradition of balladry and singing the news. I’m also a specialist on the Western European history of crime and punishment, especially public torture and execution, and I’ve just finished writing a book on execution ballads. I regularly perform the ballads I talk about. I am also an expert on early modern court studies, and on early modern social and cultural history more generally.
- Recent Publications
Singing the News of Death: Execution Ballads in Europe 1500-1900 (in press, Oxford University Press series ‘The New Cultural History of Music’, 2022)
Scandal and Reputation at the Court of Catherine de Medici, Series: ‘Women and Gender in the Early Modern World’ (New York: Ashgate/Routledge, 2016)
Refereed Journal Articles
‘Chanteurs de rues, or Street Singers in Early Modern France’, Renaissance Studies 33/1 (2019), Special Issue: Street Singers in Renaissance Europe
‘When the News Was Sung: Ballads as News Media in Early Modern Europe’, Media History 22/3-4 (2016) Special Issue: ‘Managing the News in Early Modern Europe’, eds. Helmer Helmers and Michiel van Groesen: 1-17
‘The Rich Merchant Man, or, What the Punishment of Greed Sounded Like in Early Modern English Ballads’, Huntington Library Quarterly 79, no. 2 (Summer 2016) Special Issue: ‘Living English Broadside Ballads, 1550-1750: Song, Art, Dance, Culture’, eds. Patricia Fumerton and Megan Palmer-Browne: 279-299
‘The Power of Music: the Significance of Contrafactum in Execution Ballads’, Past & Present 229/1 (November 2015): 47-89
‘Medieval and Early Modern Emotional Responses to Death and Dying’, Parergon 31/2 (2014): 1-10, with Rebecca McNamara
‘Word versus Honor: the Case of Françoise de Rohan vs. Jacques de Savoie’, Journal of Early Modern History 16/4-5, special issue: ‘Speech and Oral Culture in Early Modern Europe and Beyond’ (October 2012): 315-334
Special Journal Issues
Parergon 31/2 (2014), Special Issue: ‘Medieval and Early Modern Emotional Responses to Death and Dying’, co-edited with Rebecca McNamara
‘Emotions in Public: Crowds, mobs, and communities in early modern Europe’ in Routledge History Handbook to Emotions in Europe, 1100-1700, eds. Susan Broomhall and Andrew Lynch, in press, 2019.
‘Punishment’, in Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction, ed. Susan Broomhall (Routledge, 2017), 195-198
‘Singing Songs of Execution in Early Modern Italy’ in Voice and Texts in Early Modern Italian Society, eds. Stefano Dall’Aglio, Brian Richardson and Massimo Rospocher (New York: Routledge, 2017), 52-68.
‘Ballads of Death and Disaster: The Role of Song in Early Modern News Transmission’ in Disaster, Death and the Emotions in the Shadow of the Apocalypse, eds. Jenny Spinks and Charles Zika (London: Palgrave, 2016), 277-296.
‘Poison, Pregnancy and Protestants: Gossip and Scandal at the Early Modern French Court’ in Fama and her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe, eds. Claire Walker and Heather Kerr (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), 137-160.
‘A Stable of Whores? The “Flying Squadron” of Catherine de Medici’ in The Politics of Female Households: Ladies-in-Waiting across Early Modern Europe, eds. Nadine Akkerman and Birgit Houben (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 181-208.
- Media Coverage
- ABC Radio National, History.com, Independent, Aeon, Pursuit, The Conversation
- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- British Isles, England, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
- Expertise by Topic
- Gender, Literary History, Public History, Religion, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women