I’m a recent Masters graduate, living in Sydney.

My Master of Philosophy degree focused on the presence of chivalry and courtly love in the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII. And I wish to undertake a PhD, starting in 2019, exploring the relationship between historical fiction and the public’s perceptions of history. 

I have taught courses on medieval and early modern religious history as well as revolutions in history.

My research interests are Tudor England, medievalism, and historical popular culture and their depictions of the past.


2013-2019 Master of Philosophy, University of Adelaide. Thesis title: ‘Chivalry and Courtly Love: Cultural Shifts, Gender Relations, and Court Culture in Early Tudor England’. Supervised by Prof. David Lemmings and Dr. Heather Kerr.

2012 History Honours, University of Adelaide. These title: ‘My Heart and I Surrender Ourselves: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the Politics of Courtly Love’. Supervised by Dr. Claire Walker.

2009-2011 Bachelor of Arts, History and English, University of Adelaide.



Locke, Hilary. ‘Beyond “Tits and Dragons”’: Medievalism, Medieval History, and Perceptions in Game of Thrones. In From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past. Edited by Marina Gerzic and Aidan Norrie, 171-187. Routledge: New York and Abingdon, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/From-Medievalism-to-Early-Modernism-Adapting-the-English-Past/Gerzic-Norrie/p/book/9781138366572

Locke, Hilary. “‘This Magnyficent & Excellent Prynce Henry”: Establishing Chivalric Culture in Early Tudor England’. In Chivalry: Medieval Contexts and Modern Portrayals. Edited by Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer. Medieval Institute Publications: Kalamazoo, Mi., Forthcoming 2021.

Work in Progress and Forthcoming 

Locke, Hilary. ‘“Go too far on Tudor-speak, all hey-nonny-nonny, [and] you’ll alienate your readers”: Alison Weir and the Representation of the Wives of Henry VIII’.

‘For the Night is Dark and Full of Controversies: Game of Thrones, the Appeal of Medievalism and Reception’.

‘Mine Own Sweetheart’: Courtly Love, Gender Relations, and Power in the Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn’.

Book Reviews

Review: ‘Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature’. Pareregon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, vol. 33 no. 1 (2016): 209-211.

Review: ‘Shame and Honor by Stephanie Trigg’. Carae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies vol. 1 (2014): 198-200.

Blog Posts


    I’m currently working on several projects stemmed from my Masters research thesis, or my interest in historical popular culture and the depictions of history and public knowledge.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    2019 – ‘Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel: the Author as “Historian” and Rereading History’, ANZAMEMS. University of Sydney

    2016 – ‘My Heart and I Surrender Ourselves into Your Hands: Gender Interplay in the Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn’, Gender Worlds, 500-1800: New Perspectives, Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, University of Western Australia

    2015 – ‘“There Shall Ye See Manhode”: Chivalric Masculinity in late Medieval and Early Modern England’. ANZAMEMS, University of Queensland.

    ‘“Yours as long as life endures”: Courtly Love, Chivalry and Politics in the Court of Henry VIII’. ANZAMEMS, University of Queensland.

    2014 – ‘Henry VII and Henry VIII: Chivalry and Kingship in Late Medieval and Early Tudor England’. Chivalry: Medieval to Modern Perspectives, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.

    ‘Chivalry, Kingship, and Conflict in the Wars of the Roses: Towton and Bosworth’, Australian Historical Association, University of Queensland.



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