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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Toby Osborne

Senior Lecturer in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41062

(email at toby.osborne@durham.ac.uk)

Toby Osborne is interested in early-modern court history and diplomatic culture. He has worked on the Piedmontese diplomat, abbé and art patron, Alessandro Scaglia (1592-1641), known throughout the courts of Europe, from London to Rome, during the period of the Thirty Years’ War. His work has a strong international character, with a focus on Catholic Europe and the Italian peninsula. He is currently working on several strands of research, including the papal court, the competition for status and prestige amongst the dynastic powers of Italy, the subject of exile in the seventeenth century, and international diplomatic culture. He would welcome interest in early-modern court and elite history, covering Britain and Europe.

Research Interests

  • Dynastic politics in early modern Europe
  • The courts of Catholic Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean region

Publications

Books: authored

Essays in edited volumes

Journal papers: academic

Teaching Areas

  • Christopher Wren
  • Early modern European courts
  • Reformation Europe