Although she has been passionate about the early modern period since her teenage years, Leonie only became an academic after having worked for a decade in the City and raising a family while doing her PhD. She joined the School of History full-time in October 2016.
Leonie's research focuses upon the politics of religion in the early modern period, although she is also interested in culture and diplomacy in Britain in the 17th century. Her first monograph – This Great Firebrand: William Laud and Scotland, 1617-1645, published in 2017 by Boydell & Brewer – explores the working partnership between Charles I and William Laud in its Scottish context, shedding new light on the making and shaping of Caroline religious policy, the ‘British problem’ and the British civil wars.
Her second book - The Household Accounts of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1635-1642 - was published in January 2019 and offers an entirely new appraisal of an elite, ecclesiastical household and its relationship with crown, court and community. In addition to an edited collection of essays on interactions between churches in the Stuart composite monarchy, Leonie is now starting a new research project on the activities of the Venetian ambassadors in England during the period c.1603-1714.