About this Fellow
Intellectual history of late 17th century Britain, especially the early Royal Society and the 'decline of magic'; editions of Robert Boyle and others; visual culture.
- Emeritus Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London
- Emeritus Professor of History, Birkbeck College University of London, 2011
- Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London, Birkbeck College University of London, 1992 - 2011
Early modern literature in its historical and intellectual contexts, especially poetry and drama; Edmund Spenser's engagement with Gaelic Ireland, the dynamics of Tudor and Jacobean patronage, the aesthetics of Renaissance tragedy.
The social, religious and political history of early modern Europe, especially France; the French Catholic Church and the history of witchcraft
Renaissance humanism and European literature 1450-1700; the history of religion in relation to the history of the book; literary theory and the history of philosophy
The history of the Polish-Lithuanian union, 1386-1815, with subsidiary interests in the history of Scandinavia, in particular the history of Sweden; the Holy Roman Empire; the history of warfare