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Professor Alex Walsham FBA

The religious and cultural history of early modern Britain, especially the impact, reception and repercussions of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations

About this Fellow

Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. A graduate of the Universities of Melbourne and Cambridge, she taught at the University of Exeter for fourteen years before taking up her present appointment in 2010. She is a historian of early modern Britain and her work focuses on the Reformation and its intellectual, social and cultural repercussions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She has published widely in this field and her books include Providence in Early Modern England (1999; winner of the Longman History Today Prize) and The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland (2011; joint winner of the Wolfson History Prize). She is co-editor of the journal Past and Present and serves as Chair of the IHR Advisory Board. Her current research on the intersections between religious and generational change is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship and will be the subject of the Ford Lectures in Oxford in 2018. She is also Principal Investigator on the AHRC project, 'Remembering the Reformation' (2016-18).



Current post

  • Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Trinity College


Catholic Reformation in Protestant Britain 2014

Relics and Remains 2010

Church Papists: Catholicism, Conformity and Confessional Polemic in Early Modern England 1993

The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland 2011

Providence in Early Modern England 1999

Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England 1500-1700 2006

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