I am a historian of early modern political thought, working on topics from the German Reformation to the Early Enlightenment and from Denmark/Norway to the Coast of West Africa. I am particularly interested in how different theories of natural law were used to justify and legitimise interests in different religious, political, commercial and colonial conflicts in early modern history. My first project was a contextual study of the political philosophy of the Wittenberg reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the first formulations of Protestant natural law theories. It investigated the different theories of natural law which Melanchthon developed and the purposes for which he applied (or didn’t apply) them in his political philosophical works. An early fruit of this project was an article on Melanchthon’s commentary on Aristotle’s Politics published in History of Political Thought.
Sean Hannan (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2016) is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research focuses on the intellectual history of Christianity, with emphases on late antiquity, North Africa, and the philosophy of time. While his doctoral project dealt with temporality in the works of Augustine of Hippo, his current research broadens out to incorporate alternative accounts of time drawn from antiquity and the Middle Ages. At MacEwan, he has a mandate to make use of methods from the digital humanities when teaching courses on ancient, medieval, and early modern history.
…Professor Of Early Modern History…
I am a professor in Early Modern History at the University of Southampton, where I have worked since 2008. Prior to this I was a member of the Textile Conservation Centre, Winchester School of Art, 1999-2009. My main research interests focus on textiles and clothing in the 16th and 17th centuries but they stretch beyond these boundaries into the late medieval and the 18th century. Having started working on the court of Henry VIII, my interests have extended outwards to encompass all five Tudor monarchs. More recently I have been working on the later Stuart kings, from the birth of James VI and I to the death of James II and VII and their relationship with the Scottish male elite and how this was expressed through clothing, textiles and jewellery. My current projects include a biography of Catherine of Braganza and more work on clothing and dress in 16th and 17th century Scotland.
Early Modern English Lexicography, Book History, History of Western Typography
History of Cartography, Book History, Early Modern Visual Culture, Transatlantic Studies
Early modern Iberia, History of the Book, Transatlantic Studies
Medieval literature, Chaucer, theology and literature, early Irish poetry, medieval history, manuscript studies, modern medievalisms, history of literary criticism, historical linguistics
…Reader In Early Modern History…
Literature, social history, and culture of Renaissance / Early Modern England
Early Modern Literature and history, cats, tv. Writing a book on the militia.