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Professor of Early Modern British History at Dalhousie University, with interests in legal, gender, and social histories. Blogs at


PhD, Queen’s University (Kingston), 2000.


Books and select recent publications:

with Natalie Mears, ed., Star Chamber Matters: An Early Modern Court and its Records (London, 2021).

Making Murder Public: Homicide in Early Modern England. Oxford University Press,  2019.

ed., Star Chamber Reports: Harley MS 2143. List and Index Society, National Archives, Kew, 2018.

with Sara M. Butler, ed., Crossing Borders: Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain. Essays in Honour of Cynthia J. Neville. Brill, 2018.

ed., The Trial of Charles I (The Broadview Sources Series.) Broadview Press, 2016.

with Tim Stretton, ed., Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

The Northern Rebellion of 1569:  Faith, Politics, and Protest in Elizabethan England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge University Press, 2003.



Recent articles and book chapters:

Consent and Coercion, Force and Fraud: Marriages in Star Chamber,” Star Chamber Matters: An Early Modern Court and its Records, ed. K.J. Kesselring and Natalie Mears. University of London Press, 2021. Pp. 97-114.

“The Case of Catherine Dammartin: Friends, Fellows, and the Survival of Celibacy in England’s Protestant Universities,” Renaissance and Reformation, 44.1 (2021), 87-108.


 “Law, Status, and the Lash: Judicial Whipping in Early Modern England,” Journal of British Studies, 60.3 (2021), 511-33.

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