John Condren

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Thesis Title: 'Louis XIV et le repos de l’Italie: French policy towards the duchies of Parma, Modena, and Mantua, 1659-1689' 
Supervisor: Dr Guy Rowlands

John is from the Republic of Ireland, where he received his secondary education at Kilkenny College. He was awarded an LLB in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick (2009) followed by an MLitt in Reformation Studies from the University of St Andrews (2010). His doctoral research (supervised by Dr Guy Rowlands) is an examination of the diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Louis XIV’s France and the states of northern Italy in the second half of the seventeenth century. His interests include European diplomatic, political, economic, military, social and cultural history between 1494 and 1740, and particularly relating to France, the Italian states, the Spanish composite monarchy, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Stuart kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. He is also interested in the efforts of the Jacobite pretenders to establish and portray themselves as credible alternatives to Williamite and Hanoverian rulers. He is presently investigating the various contexts wherein one can speak of transnationalism and globalisation in the early modern period.


“The dynastic triangle in international relations: Modena, England and France, 1678-1685” in The International History Review (forthcoming, 2015).

Conferences Papers

  • ‘“C’est la nature des italiens d’etre lents dans ce qu’ils ne font pas pour eux”: the French missions in northern Italy in the early stages of the Nine Years War’, at the Society for French Historical Studies 60th Annual Conference, at Université de Quebec à Montréal, Canada, 24-27 April 2014. I received a Travel Bursary from the Society for the Study of French History to attend this conference.
  • ‘Louis XIV, the grand duchy of Tuscany, and the opening salvoes of the Franco-Dutch War’ at France and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV, St Andrews, 10 May 2014
  • “Stuart intervention between Bourbon and Este: the Carignano crisis of 1684-85” at Kingdoms, empires and legacies: assessing the Stuart dynasty and its histories, 1603-2014, at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, 29 August 2014.
  • “Sovereign principality or dependent protectorate? Mantua and the crown of France, 1678-1690" at Splendid Encounters: diplomats and diplomacy in Europe, 1550 - 1750 (Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 20-21 September 2013).
    • "Count Galeazzo Boselli: a victim of raison d'état?" at Early Modern Studies Annual Conference (University of Reading, 9-11 July 2013).
    • "Kings as mediators: Louis XIV and Mantua's territorial ambitions, 1659-1672" at Kings and Queens II: Making Connections - Alliances, Networks, Correspondence and Comparisons (University of Winchester, 8-9 July 2013).
    • "Cardinal Rinaldo d'Este as a Jacobite diplomat at the court of Rome, 1688-1694" at the Jacobite Studies Trust colloquium Les Jacobites et l'Europe (Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 4-6 July 2013).
    • "L'abbé Jean Morel et l'acquisition de la citadelle de Casal par la France, 1680-81" (table ronde de séminaire de Lucien Bély, Paris IV-Sorbonne, 16 January 2013).
    • "A transnational relationship in the early modern period: Louis XIV and Maria Beatrice d'Este", at the Society for the Study of French History Annual Conference (University of York, 30 June-1 July 2012).

Conference Organisation

Chief organiser of France and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV, a one-day workshop held at St Andrews on 10 May 2014. This was sponsored by the School of History, the St Andrews Centre for French History and Culture, and the Society for the Study of French History.



  • MO1007: The Early Modern Western World, c.1450 – c.1770 - Office hour: Fridays, 9 am, Room 0.01, St Katharine's Lodge


  • MO1007: The Early Modern Western World, c.1450 – c.1770


  • Responsible (with Malcolm Petrie) for co-ordinating Postgraduate Forums for the School of Modern History (2011-12).
  • Also co-organised the annual St Andrews-Aberdeen postgraduate conference, which took place at the University of Aberdeen in May 2012.


  • ERASMUS exchange at European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy, February-May 2013
  • Recipient of a Research Travel Award from the Royal Historical Society, 2012-13
  • Recipient of the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust 2012-13
  • Recipient of a Society for the Study of French History Travel Bursary, 2012-13
  • Visiting student at the Centre Roland Mousnier, Université de Paris-Sorbonne IV, autumn 2012
  • Resident of the Centre Culturel Irlandais/Irish College, Paris, autumn 2012
  • In receipt of a tuition fees scholarship from the University of St Andrews, 2011-14