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University of Sussex
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Royal family, treason, politics, advisers, Renaissance, Tudor, Shakespeare, Thomas More, Machiavelli, Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Early Modern
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About Me

Dr Joanne Paul is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex and AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. Her research focuses on the history of political thought of the Renaissance and Early Modern Periods and she has shared her work widely, including with academic presses, popular magazines and blogs and on TV and radio.

Recent Publications


Joanne Paul, In the Shadow of the Block: Death, Desire and the Dudleys. London: Penguin. (Under contract, forthcoming 2020).

Joanne Paul, Thomas More. Cambridge: Polity (2016)


Virginia Cox and Joanne Paul, eds., A Cultural History of Democracy in the Renaissance. London: Bloomsbury (Under contract, forthcoming, 2019).

Helen Matheson Pollock and Joanne Paul, eds., Queenship and Counsel in the Early Modern World. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Under contract, forthcoming, 2018).


Joanne Paul, ‘The Best Counsellors are the Dead: Counsel and Shakespeare’s Hamlet’, Renaissance Studies 30.5 (2016), 646-65.

Joanne Paul, ‘Counsel, Command and Crisis’, Hobbes Studies 28.2 (2016), 103-31.


Joanne Paul, ‘Utopia in the Context of Thomas More’s Thought’, Oxford Handbook to More’s Utopia, Oxford University Press (Under contract, forthcoming 2019).

Joanne Paul with Valerie Schutte, ‘The Influence of Counsel on Tudor Authority’, in The Routledge History of Monarchy, Routledge (Under contract, forthcoming 2019).

Joanne Paul, ‘Sovereign Council or Counselled Sovereign: The Marian Conciliar Compromise’ in The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Queen Mary I, eds. Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2016).


May 2018                     BBC History Magazine, Review of Nicola Tallis’s Elizabeth’s Rival

Dec 2017                     History Revealed Magazine, ‘50 Decisions that Changed the World’

Nov 2017                     History Today, Review of Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Sept 2017                     BBC History Magazine, ‘Florence’

May 2017                     History Vault, ‘Immigration and Propaganda: The 1517 Evil May Day Riots’

April 2017                   Talking Humanities, ‘What will historians make of Theresa May’s snap election?’

Dec 2016                     History Today: ‘A More for All Seasons’

Dec 2016                     Prospect: ‘Brexit, the backstory: how Great Britons would have voted in the referendum’, Contributor

Oct 2016                      Prospect: ‘A Vision for all Seasons’

June 2016                    Juncture: ‘Utopia Today’

May 2016                     BBC History Magazine: ‘Thomas More: Saint or Sinner?’

Mar 2016                     History Today: ‘The United Republic of Utopia’

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Diplomacy, Gender, Government, Politics, Public History, Religion, Women