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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Nicole Reinhardt

Director of Postgraduate Studies Taught / Associate Professor (Early Modern European History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41080
Full Executive Committee Member in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Nicole Reinhardt researches on early modern European political culture, particularly in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Her first book examined clientele and patronage in 17th century Bologna as a means of understanding the social mechanisms underlying state building. More recently she has focused on religious discourse in political contexts, and its roles in the representation and constitution of political power. Her current project is concerned with the normative concepts and the practical problems of political counsel in catholic monarchies during the 16th and 17th centuries. Nicole has wide interests in intellectual history, the history of political thought, moral theology and in questions of theory and historiography. 

Nicole is Fellow of the Max-Weber-Centre (Erfurt) research group on 'Religious individualisation in historical perspective' financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
In 2010 she taught at the International PhD Summer School of the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, and in 2011 she was professeur invité at the Sorbonne (Paris I).
She is member of the Comité de lecture for the publications of the research centre at the Palace of Versailles.

In January 2013 Nicole participated in a conference at Versailles, which can be heard through an audio archive.

Nicole has held a research fellowship from the Leverhulme Foundation and in 2014/15 she was a Elizabeth and J Richardson Dilworth Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Nicole would be happy to supervise research students working on early modern European religious and political culture.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Interaction between religion and politics
  • Norms, ethics and institutions in early modern Europe


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • 2013 'Das konigliche Gewissen in Prisma jansenistischer Kritik', in Burkard, Dominik & Thanner, Tanja (eds.), Der Jansenismus: Eine "katholische Häresie"? Das Ringen um Gnade, Rechtfertigung und die Autorität Augustins in der frühen Neuzeit?, Aschendorff, Munster, pp. 349-371
  • 2012 'Der Beichtvater in der Frühen Neuzeit als Berater, Richter und Prophet', in Oberndorfer, B. & Waldmann, P. (eds.), Machtfaktor Religion. Formen religiöser Einflussnahme auf Politik und Gesellschaft, Köln-Weimar-Wien: Böhlau, pp. 59-90
  • 2011 '‘Sotto il “mantello della religione” – Camillo Baldi, un proto-libertino nello stato della Chiesa?’', in Dall’Olio, Guido & et al (eds.), La fede degli Italiani. Per Adriano, Pisa: Edizioni della Scuola Normale di Pisa, pp. 81-95
  • 2009 '‘Y a-t-il une casuistique pour les rois?’', in Boarini, Serge (ed.), La casuistique classique genèse, histoire, devenir, Saint-Etienne: Publications de l’Université de Saint-Etienne, pp. 59-73
  • 2009 'Correspondances, clientèle et culture politique dans l’État ecclésiastique au début du xvii e siècle', in Boutier, Jean, Landi, Sandro & Rouchon, Olivier (eds.), La politique par correspondance: Les usages politiques de la lettre en Italie (XIVe-XVIIIe siècle), Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp. 131-151
  • 2007 'Dissimulation, Politik und Moral', in Wolfgang Reinhard (ed.), Krumme Touren. Anthropologie kommunikativer Umwege, Vienna: Böhlau, pp. 165-182
  • 2007 'Juan de Mariana: Bibelexegese und Tyrannenmord', in Andreas Pecar & Kai Trampedach (eds.), Die Bibel als politisches Argument, München: Beiheft der Historischen Zeitschrift, pp. 273-294
  • 2007 'The King’s confessor: changing images', in Michael Schaich (ed.), Monarchy and Religion: The Transformation of Royal Culture in Eighteenth Century Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 153-185
  • 2005 'Bolonais à Rome – Romains à Bologne? Carrières et stratégies entre centre et périphérie. Une esquisse', in Armand Jamme & Olivier Poncet (eds.), Offices et papauté (XIVe-XVIIe siècle) Charges, hommes, destins, Rome: Ecole française de Rome, pp. 237-249
  • 2002 'Verflechtung – ein Blick zurück nach vorn', in Peter Burschel, Mark Häberlein, Volker Reinhardt, Wolfgang E.J. Weber & Reinhard Wendt (eds.), Historische Anstöße. Festschrift für Wolfgang Reinhard zum 65. Geburtstag am 10. April 2002, Berlin: Akademie Verlag, pp. 235-262

Edited Journal

  • 2014 Journal of Early Modern History. 18

Journal Article

Teaching Areas

  • Reformation Europe