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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Natalie Mears

Reader (Early Modern British History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41049

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Natalie Mears is a specialist in Elizabethan politics and political culture and has published work on the nature of Elizabeth’s queenship, on court politics and on the ‘public sphere’, notably Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan realms(2005). She is co-investigator, with Philip Williamson and Stephen Taylor (both Durham) on the AHRC-funded project, British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1540s to 1940s, and is lead editor of the first of a three volume edition arising from the project, to be published in 2013. Natalie is currently developing two new projects. The first will examine the nature of political participation and the nature of politics in England from the break with Rome to the start of the Civil War. The second, arising from a series of workshops conducted with Ruth Paton and English Touring Opera, examines the relationship between history and opera. She is Assistant to the Honorary General Editor of the Church of England Record Society, and a former Council member of both COERS and the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Research Groups

Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Elizabethan politics
  • Elizabethan religion
  • The 'Public sphere'
  • Tudor politics

Related Links


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • 2016 'State papers and related collections', in Sangha, Laura & Willis, Jonathan (eds.), Understanding early modern primary sources, Routledge, pp. 17-34
  • 2014 'Paul's Cross and nationwide special worship, 1533-1642', in Kirby, Torrance & Stanwood, P.G. (eds.), Paul's Cross and the culture of persuasion in England, 1520-1640, Brill, pp. 41-60
  • 2013 'Special nationwide worship and the Book of Common Prayer in England, Wales and Ireland, 1533-1642', in Mears, Natalie & Ryrie, Alec (eds.), Worship and the parish church in early modern Britain, Ashgate, pp. 31-72
  • 2012 'Introduction’ and ‘Special nationwide worship and the Book of Common Prayer in England, Wales and Ireland, 1533-1642', in Mears,Natalie & Alec Ryrie (eds.), Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain, Ashgate.
  • 2011 'Brought to book: special book purchases in English parishes, 1558-1640', in Peter Langman (ed.), Negotiating the Jacobean printed book, Ashgate, pp. 29-44
  • 2010 'The council', in Susan Doran & Norman Jones (eds.), The Elizabethan World, Routledge, pp. 59-75
  • 2004 'Politics in the Elizabethan Privy Chamber: Lady Mary Sidney and Kat Ashley', in James Daybell. (ed.), Women and Politics in Early Modern England, 1450-1700, Ashgate, pp. 67-82
  • 1995 'Regnum Cecilianum? A Cecilian perspective of the court', in John Guy (ed.), The Reign of Elizabeth I: Court and Culture in the Last Decade, Cambridge, pp. 46-64

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • 2009 'Praying for Britain', BBC History Magazine 11, pp. 46-51

Teaching Areas

  • Popular political participation and the 'public sphere' in early modern England
  • The Tudors