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 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.
Leonie is happy to supervise students on any research project which relates to seventeenth century British politico-religious history.
Leonie’s teaching reflects her research interests and includes the following modules: Monarchy and Aristocracy in England c.1460-1640; British Politics 1625-42; British History 1678-1763; and Conflict in Seventeenth Century Britain.
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