School of History


Although she has been passionate about the early modern period since her teenage years, Leonie took an unconventional route towards academia, completing her Masters (funded by the British Academy) and her doctorate (funded by the AHRC) after a decade of working in the City. Her latest 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 seventeenth 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 major publication - a critical edition of the household accounts for the archiepiscopal palaces of Lambeth and Croydon during the 1630s - will be published by Boydell in late 2018. In addition to an edited collection of essays on interactions between churches in the British composite monarchy during the century after 1603, she is now embarking on a new research project on the activities of the Venetian ambassadors in England under the Stuarts.

Leonie's teaching reflects her research interests and includes the following modules: Monarchy and Aristocracy in England c.1460-1640; and Restoration, Revolution and Reform: British Politics 1678-1763. She is currently preparing a new special subject module (due to run in 2019/20) - Power and Politics at the dynastic courts of Europe c.1580-1789.

Leonie is happy to supervise students on any research project which relates to seventeenth or early eighteenth century British religio-political history.

Contact Information


Room W2.W4
Rutherford College
University of Kent

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

James, L. (2018). Review in English Historical Review. English Historical Review:00-00.
James, L. (2018). Review in Northern Scotland Adams, S. and Goodare, J. eds. Northern Scotland [Online] 9:82 -84. Available at:
James, L. (2018). Archbishop Laud: the man beneath the mitre'. History Today.
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Last Updated: 05/09/2018