AboutMy research intends to trace the different ways the participants of the English Reformation tried to interpret the meaning of Romans 13:1-7 and how these interpretations made sense of the present during a period of seismic change. The Pauline proof text ‘Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God’ (Rom.13:1), has been a neglected crux in the evolution of political theology and was central in the early modern debates which concerned politico-religious allegiance.
EducationBA (Hons) History First Class
MA in Early Modern History with Distinction
Upcoming Talks and ConferencesUpcoming Paper: “There is no power but of God”: The Political use of God’s Law in during the Reformation. To be given at the Law and Religion Workshop at the University of Edinburgh 26 & 27 June 2017.
“The powers that be are ordained of God”: Understanding the Origin of Authority from the Medieval to the English Reformation. A long paper given to the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Hull, 2 February 2017 by Special Invitation,
The ‘mallitious and cruell assualtes of her enemies’: Wyatt’s Rebellion and Romans 13. Paper given for ‘Mary I (1516-1558) A Conference in he 500th Anniversary Year held at UCL 30 September-1 October 2016.
“subiectes so disobedient”: Romans 13 and the Edwardian Rebellions of 1549. Paper given at The Reformation Studies Colloquium, Newcastle University 14-16 September 2016.
Romans 13 in the Henrician Reformation. Paper given for the School of History/IMS Postgraduate Colloquium 17 June 2014.