Chelsea Reutcke

BA (Hons), Wesleyan University,
MLitt, University of St. Andrews  


Contact Details

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.


Conference Papers

  • ''The Great Sacrifice': Catholic Print Networks in Late Restoration London', Renaissance Society of America 2019, Toronto, March 2019 (upcoming)
  • 'Printers, Readers, and Patrons: Catholic Networks in England during the 1680s', Reformation and Early Modern Institute Seminar Series, University of St Andrews, February 2019 (upcoming)
  • ''Saith Sander': The place of Nicholas Sander’s Schismatis Anglicani in 17th century histories of the English Reformation', Remembering the Reformation - Postgraduate Symposium, 25 October 2018
  • ''Too Nimble for the Searchers'?:The Prosecution of Catholic Print in Restoration England', Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 24-26 July 2018 
  • 'Royal Patronage of Illicit Print: Catherine of Braganza's ties to late seventeenth-century Catholic printing in London,' St Andrews Book Conference, University of St Andrews, 21-23 June 2018.
  • 'Royal Patrons of Catholic Print', Institute of Scottish Historical Research Seminar Series, University of St Andrews, 2 February 2018
  • ‘A Catholic History of the Reformation: Uses of Nicholas Sander’s Schismatis Anglicani’; Medieval and Early Modern Student Association Conference, Durham University, July 2017


  • Half Bursary, EHS Summer Conference, Ecclesiastical History Society, 2018
  • Theodora Bosanquet Bursary, Funds for Women Graduates, 2018
  • Minor Grant, Bibliographical Society, 2018
  • St. Leonard’s College Scholarship


  • Research Intern, ‘St Andrews 1559’, Open Virtual Worlds, 2018–Present
  • Bibliographical Worker, Bibliography of British & Irish History, 2018–Present
  • Newsletter Editor, Institute of Scottish Historical Research, University of 
    St Andrews, 2017–Present
  • Intern, Institute of Scottish Historical Research, University of St Andrews, Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
  • Intern for the Institute for Scottish Historical Research (ISHR), 2017-2018


MO1007: The Early Modern Western World, c.1450-c.177