I did my undergraduate degree at Cambridge and, (unsuprisingly) having done voluntary work at the archives of Hatfield House before I went to university, I quickly shed my desire to work on the cultural history of the First Wolrd War and became an early modernist. I did a Masters and PhD at St Andrews under John Guy, working on Elizabeth I and the Anjou marriage negotiations (1578-82). I am currently a senior lecturer at the University of Durham, having also taught at Cambridge, Manchester and Swansea.
My first book, Queenship and public discourse in the British realms (CUP, 2005), examined Elizabeth's queenship and political debate outside the court. I am co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project, 'State prayers, fasts and thanksgivings', and the lead editor for the first of a three volume edition, National worship: special worship since the Reformation (Church of England Record Society, 2013) covering the period 1533 to 1688. I was a council member for EHS and currently sit on the Council for the Church of England Record Society, where I am also Assistant Publications Editor.
‘Paul's Cross and nationwide special worship, 1533-1642’, in Torrance Kirby and P.G. Stanwood (eds.), Paul's Cross and the culture of persuasion in England, 1520-1640 (Brill, 2014), 41-60
National prayers: special worship since the Reformation. Volume 1: special prayers, fasts and thanksgivings in the British Isles, 1533-1688, ed. with Alasdair Raffe, Philip Williamson & Stephen Taylor (Church of England Record Society, 2013), clxx + 766 http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14381
‘Introduction’ and ‘Special nationwide worship and the Book of Common Prayer in England, Wales and Ireland, 1533-1642’, in Natalie Mears & Alec Ryrie (eds), Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain (Ashgate, 2013), 1-10, 31-72
‘Public worship and political participation in Elizabethan England’, Journal of British Studies, 51 (2012), 4-25