Dr Jessica Purdy

Associate Lecturer in British History, c. 1500 - c. 1700

Researcher profile




Dr Jessica Purdy gained her PhD in Early Modern Book History from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021. Her thesis, 'Parish Libraries and their Readers, 1558-1709', examined the creation and composition of early modern parish libraries in England and analysed the thematic reading interests of readers through extant marginalia. 

Before joining the School of History at the University of St Andrews as Associate Lecturer in Early Modern History, 1500-1700 in August 2022, Jessica was Lecturer in Early Modern British History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Jessica is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 


Dr Purdy is currently teaching on the Sub-Honours module Scotland, Britain and Empire, c.1500-c.2000 (MO2008) and is module co-ordinator for the Honours modules The Tudors: Power and Piety in Sixteenth-Century England (MO3047) and Elizabethan England: Politics, Religion and Personalities (1558-1603) (MO4967).

Research areas

Dr Jessica Purdy's research broadly concerns the Tudor and Stuart royal courts in England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the history of libraries and the history of reading in early Modern England.

Jessica is the co-editor, with Dr Rosamund Oates at Manchester Metropolitan University, of an edited volume entitled Communities of Print: Books and their Readers in Early Modern Europe. Her first monograph, Reading Between the Lines: Parish Libraries and their Readers in Early Modern England, 1558-1709, is currently in preparation and is due for publication in the Library of the Written Word series in 2023. 

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