I was delighted to be part of the prestigious line-up of speakers for the Burghley:500 talks, a series of recorded lectures released in September 2021 in honour of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s closest advisor. If you want to be watch my talk on ‘Burghley’s Women’, exploring the strong and brilliant women in William Cecil’s life, or any of the excellent talks in the series, then you can sign up here.

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My latest article, ‘The Rise of the Ambassadress: English Ambassadorial Wives and Early Modern Diplomatic Culture’, is out now in the September 2019 issue of The Historical Journal. To read the paper, follow this link.

Don’t miss my paper, ‘The Rise of the Ambassadress: English Ambassadorial Wives and Early Modern Diplomatic Culture’ at the Women’s History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London on the 25th November 2016! More details here.

I will be speaking at the ‘In the Light of Gloriana’ conference at the Tower of London on the 18th November 2016. More details of the exciting programme are available here.

Women’s Early Modern Letters Online (WEMLO), a new digital resource for women’s correspondence, launched on the 6 July 2016, with a drinks reception in Oxford. I contributed all the data in WEMLO on Lady Anne Bacon, so do check out this valuable resource here.

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If you missed me speaking about the new Open University early modern History module on the 10 June 2016, you can watch again here.


My book on the Cooke sisters has just been released in paperback (January 2016). If you use the code MUP50 (valid until 29th February 2016), you can get an extra 50% off! To buy, follow this link.

The Cooke Sisters: Education, Piety and Politics in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2013) has been announced as runner-up in the 2014 Women’s History Network Book Prize, with the judges praising the book for providing ‘a new perspective on the question of women’s power and elite women’s education in this period’. More details here.

The Letters of Lady Anne Bacon, my edition for the Royal Historical Society, has just been published (April 2014). More details here.

My new book on the Cooke sisters is out now! Copies are available here.

I will be speaking at the ‘Gender and Political Culture, 1400-1800’ conference at Plymouth University, 29-31 August 2013.

I’m speaking at the Institute of Historical Research on the 13 May 2013 about ‘Elizabethan women and diplomacy: the case of Lady Mildred Cecil and Lady Elizabeth Hoby’. For more details, see here.

I discussed Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth wife, on BBC R4’s Woman’s Hour on the 12 March 2013 at 10am. Here I am with the author Liz Fremantle, my fellow contributor.


I’m excited to be talking to the Oxford branch of the Historical Association on the 19 February 2013 about ‘Elizabeth I and the Politics of Gender’ (4pm, The Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford). For more details, please see here.

I was delighted to be chosen as a BBC Expert Woman in January 2013. For more on her experience, see here.