Thesis Title: From Production to Consumption: English Catholic Print Culture from 1660 to 1688
Supervisor: Dr Jacqueline Rose
My research interests lie in the overlap between religion and politics in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Britain, particularly the ways in which religious communities used print to negotiate their identities. I also have an interest in the construction of networks of communication
My thesis explores the print culture of Catholics in late seventeenth-century England during the reigns of Charles II and James VII & II. In addition to considering textual content, my research investigates the patrons and bookmen producing Catholic print and the methods they used to navigate regulations of press. I also investigate how the English Catholic laity accessed and engaged with print, including private collections of seigneurial families and hidden Jesuit libraries. This includes examining how Catholic elites like the Queen served as central figures around whom cultural and textual networks could be built.
Central to this project are the networks formed by the people examined. Networks emphasize points of connection, whether as intellectual movements or through business relationships or friendships. My thesis will then trace the changes in these networks across my time period, examining how they respond to changes in the political situation. My goal is to explore the motivations and influences at play within Catholic print culture as well as establish correlations between contemporary events and publication patterns. As a result, this analysis will search out where the Catholic populations fit into the larger narrative of print culture and the Restoration.
‘A Catholic History of the Reformation: Uses of Nicholas Sander’s Schismatis Anglicani’; Medieval and Early Modern Student Association Conference, Durham University, July 2017
St. Leonard’s College Scholarship
Intern for the Institute for Scottish Historical Research (ISHR), 2017-2018