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Dr Nicola Clark

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History


Dr Nicola Clark joined the Department of History as an Associate Lecturer in 2014, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History in 2018. She holds a BA (Hons) in English and American Literature and History from the University of Kent (2007), an MA in Medieval History from Royal Holloway College, University of London (2008) and a PhD in Early Modern History also from Royal Holloway (2013). She has previously taught at Royal Holloway College, and at the University of Winchester.

Her research focuses primarily on women’s dynastic and political roles across the late medieval and early modern period. She interrogates the ways in which elite women’s different family, religious, and ‘career’ identities intersected, and the effects this could have on the people and institutions around them. Her first book, Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 was published by Oxford University Press in August 2018. She has also published on dynastic and gendered responses to the early Reformation.

Her wider research interests include:

  • women and family
  • religious change
  • court culture
  • queenship



Level 4:

  • HIL108 Renaissance and Reformation Europe, 1350-1600
  • HIL138 The Tudors

Level 5:

  • HIL252 Women and Gender 1000-1600

Level 6:

  • HIL340 Henry VIII and Court Culture

Key Publications


  • Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • ‘A Conservative Family? The Howard Women and Responses to Religious Change During the Early Reformation, c. 1530-1558’ Historical Research 90:248 (2017), 318-40
  • ‘The Gendering of Dynastic Memory: Burial Choices of the Howards, 1485-1559’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 68:4 (2017), 747-65

Other articles:

  • ‘Family Fortunes: Divided Loyalties in Tudor England’, History Today 68:10 (2018), 24-33

Research Output


Clark, N. (2017) A ‘conservative’ family? The Howard women and responses to religious change during the early Reformation, c .1530-1558. Historical Research, 90 (248). pp. 318-340. ISSN 0950-3471 10.1111/1468-2281.12179

Clark, N. (2017) The Gendering of Dynastic Memory: Burial Choices of the Howards, 1485–1559. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 68 (04). pp. 747-765. ISSN 0022-0469 10.1017/S0022046916001500


Clark, N. (2018) Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558. Other. Oxford University Press, London, UK. 10.1093/oso/9780198784814.001.0001

Other department members

Alwyn Turner
Alwyn W Turner
Senior Lecturer in History
Clare Toombes
Student Employability Adviser
Daria Mattingly
Lecturer in Contemporary International History (European)

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