Dr Natalie Mears
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
- Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia
- Early Modern
- Theology and Religion
- Elizabethan politics
- Elizabethan religion
- The 'Public sphere'
- Tudor politics
- 2009 'Praying for Britain', BBC History Magazine 11, pp. 46-51
- 2005 Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms, Cambridge University Press, 311 pp.
- 2013 (co-edited with Alasdair Raffe, Philip Williamson & Stephen Taylor) National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume 1: Special Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings in the British Isles, 1533-1688, Church of England Record Society, clxx+766 pp.
- 2012 (co-edited with Alec Ryrie) Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain, Ashgate.
Essays in edited volumes
- 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
Journal papers: academic
- 2012 'Public Worship and political participation in Elizabethan England', Journal of British Studies 51, pp. 4-25
- 2007 'Location? location? location?: place, patronage and meaning of the wall painting of "Jonah and the whale" at Waltham Abbey', Essex Archaeology and History 38, pp. 136-47
- 2003 'Courts, courtiers and culture in Tudor England', Historical Journal 46, pp. 703-22
- 2001 'Counsel, public debate, and queenship John Stubbs’s 'The discoverie of a gaping gulf', 1579', Historical journal 44, pp. 629-650
- 2001 'Love-making and diplomacy: Elizabeth I and the Anjou marriage negotiations, c.1578-81', History 86, pp. 442-66
- Popular political participation and the 'public sphere' in early modern England
- The Tudors