Professor in Early Modern History

Laura A.M. Stewart is Professor in Early Modern History & Head of Department. Before joining the Department of History at York in 2016, she taught for ten years at Birkbeck, University of London, where she also held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005-7). Her research focuses on early modern British history, c.1550-c.1750. She has written widely on the civil war era, Scottish political culture and Anglo-Scottish relations, and on state formation and political communication in the British archipelago.

Rethinking the Scottish Revolution: Covenanted Scotland, 1637-53 (Oxford UP, 2016, paperback edition, 2018) is Laura’s second book. It won the 2017 American Historical Association Morris D. Forkosch Prize (for the best book in English in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485) and was shortlisted for the 2017 Longman-History Today prize.

With Dr Janay Nugent, Laura is co-author of Union and Revolution: Scotland and Beyond, 1625-1745, one of the volumes in the The New History of Scotland series for Edinburgh University Press. It was published in 2021 and was shortlisted for the Saltire Society History Book of the Year.

Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), and a Trustee of the Scottish Historical Review. She co-convenes the Seventeenth Century British History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, and currently sits on the editorial board for Parliamentary History and the History of Parliament Trust. Her recent media appearances include BBC Radio 4’s flagship ‘In Our Time’ and ‘Britain by Beach’ with Anita Rani.

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Their programmes

From 1637 popular opposition to Charles I in Scotland ignited a crisis which first spread to Ireland in 1641 and then to England and Wales in 1642.

Ireland, Religion, Scotland, Series, Talks

In January 1644, the Scottish army was sent into England to directly intervene in the Civil War in Parliament’s favour. The Scots became aligned with the Presbyterians at Westminster, where they generated the political ideas which shaped much of the war effort.

Ireland, Religion, Scotland, Series, Talks

Historians now recognise that the civil wars of the mid-seventeenth century must be viewed in a British and Irish context and not exclusively from an English perspective.

Ireland, Religion, Scotland, Series, Talks