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Mr Callum Murrell

Theories of Politics and the Politics of Theory: Aspects of Power and Discourse in Early Modern England in the Department of History
International Administrator in the International Office
Extended Hours Assistant in the University Library and Collections

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My doctoral thesis is a systematic analysis of legal records from the equity courts of Duchy Chamber and Star Chamber during the reign of Elizabeth I. In examining the rhetorical construction of these texts it demonstrates not only a deep engagement with humanist rhetoric by those within the legal profession, but also a systematic engagement in political theory and political practice on the part of the litigants. In doing this it attempts to bridge the gap between social and intellectual history, while engaging with a wide array of questions concerning authority, deference, social cohesion and politics in early modern England.

My postdoctoral research interests are concerned with historical method. 

Research Interests

  • Early Modern England
  • History of Political Thought
  • Social History
  • Intellectual History; History of Ideas
  • Legal History

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