Dr Tom Hamilton
(email at email@example.com)
I work on the social and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on France. My book, Pierre de L’Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion, interprets France’s troubles from the perspective of an extraordinary diarist and collector, Pierre de L'Estoile (1546-1611), who lived through the civil wars in Paris and shaped how they have been remembered ever since. My current research explores the role of criminal justice in the legal culture of the ancien régime. As part of this larger project I am working on a range of topics, including hearsay evidence and oral culture, the material culture of theft, tacit toleration of sexual crimes, and memories of violence in the Wars of Religion.
Before coming to Durham in 2018, I studied History as an undergraduate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and as a graduate student at New College, Oxford. After completing my doctorate, I taught at Hertford College, Oxford, and held research fellowships at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main.
Recently I have enjoyed collaborating with early modernists in History, Literature, and Music. With colleagues in Durham I am part of a project about French Books and their European Readers, 1500-1700, focusing on the circulation and impact of the seditious literature generated by the Wars of Religion. In 2018 I co-organised two conferences in Cambridge which resulted in a co-edited special issue on Soundscapes in early modern France and an episode of the Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3 about The Sacred Works of Claude Le Jeune.
I am happy to supervise graduate students working on topics in early modern French history, and in early modern social and cultural history more generally.
Department of History
- Britain and Continental Europe
- Early Modern
- Economic and Social History
- Gender and Sexuality
- Visual and Material Culture
- Criminal justice
- France c.1500-c.1800
- Gender and sexuality
- Visual and material culture
- Hamilton, Tom (2017). Pierre de L'Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion. Oxford: Oxford: Oxford University Press, The Past and Present Book Series.
Chapter in book
- Hamilton, Tom (2018). The Impact of Jacques Gillot’s Actes du Concile de Trente (1607) in the Debate Concerning the Council of Trent in France. In The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700). Vol. 2: Between Bishops and Princes. François, Wim & Soen, Violet Göttingen: Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 2: 345-365.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). Contesting Public Executions in Paris Towards the End of the Wars of Religion. In Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe. Cummins, Stephen & Kounine, Laura Farnham: Farnham: Routledge. 179-202.
- Hamilton, Tom & Hammond, Nicholas (2019). Soundscapes. Early Modern French Studies, 41 (1).
- Hamilton, Tom & Hammond, Nicholas (2019). Introduction: Voulez ouyr?. Early Modern French Studies 41(1): 2-6.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). ‘Bigarrures folatres et mesdisantes’ A Curio from Pierre de L’Estoile’s Cabinet?. French Studies Bulletin 37 (139): 43-46.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). Recording the Wars of Religion: The ‘Drolleries of the League’ from Ephemeral Print to Scrapbook History. Past & Present 230 (Supplement 11): 288-310.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). The Procession of the League: Remembering the Wars of Religion in Visual and Literary Satire. French History 30 (1): 1-30.