Dr Laura Flannigan

Lecturer in History


B.A., M.A.(York), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Academic Background

I grew up in the historical city of Lincoln before undertaking an undergraduate degree in History and a Master’s degree in Early Modern History at the University of York. I completed my PhD at Newnham College, Cambridge, and started my position as Stipendiary Lecturer in Early Modern History at Christ Church in October 2020.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach the prelims and final honours papers on early modern Britain and Europe (British History 4, European and World History 3); Disciplines of History; and Historiography (Tacitus and Machiavelli).

Research Interests

My research concerns the permeation of political culture across late-medieval and early modern England, roughly c.1485 to 1540 or the ‘early-Tudor’ period. For my doctorate I studied the principle and practice of royal justice in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, principally through a survey of the rich but little-studied records of the Court of Requests. I am generally interested in the communication of governmental ideals between ordinary people and the authorities; the projection of monarchy to the ‘public’; the expansion of litigation in early modern England; and the study of petitions and other legal records.


Key Publications:

(forthcoming, 2021) ‘Signed, Stamped, and Sealed: Delivering Royal Justice in Early Sixteenth-Century England’, Historical Research (winner of the 2020 Sir John Neale Prize in Early Modern History)

(forthcoming, 2020) ‘"Allowable or Not"? John Stokesley, the Court of Requests, and Royal Justice in Sixteenth-Century England’, Historical Research

‘Litigants in the English "Court of Poor Men's Causes", or Court of Requests, 1515-1525’, Law & History Review 38, no. 2 (2020), pp. 303-337

‘Conscience and the king's household clergy in the early Tudor Court of Requests’, The Church and the Law ed. Rosamond McKitterick, Charlotte Methuen, and Andrew Spicer, Studies in Church History 56 (2020), pp. 210-226

Other Publications:

‘Seeing Medieval Poverty in the Archives of the Court of Requests’, The Docket 3, no. 1 (March 2020)

‘Review of “Law, Lawyers and Litigants in Early Modern England: Essays in Memory of Christopher W. Brooks (2019)”’, Reviews in History (review no. 2362)