My research interests are in the political, social, cultural and military history of England and its continental neighbours from the mid-fifteenth to the later sixteenth century. I am principal investigator of a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on everyday life and fatal hazard in sixteenth-century England.
I teach British and European History between 1330 and 1700, including the undergraduate Special Subject on 'Government, Politics and Society in England 1547-1558' and the MSt/MPhil paper on 'State and Society in Early Modern Europe'. I supervise graduate students working on British and European political, social and cultural history in the period 1450-1600.
I have written books on Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, c1484-1545 (1988), Early Tudor Government, 1485-1558 (1995), and War, State and Society in England and the Netherlands, 1477-1559 (2007), and edited Cardinal Wolsey: Church, State and Art (1991), Authority and Consent in Tudor England (2002), The Court as a Stage: England and the Low Countries, 1270-1580 (2005) and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales: Life, Death and Commemoration (2009). I have published a number of studies of the councillors and courtiers of Henry VII and am completing a book on the subject.