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Professor Steven Gunn

Tutor in History, Professor of Early Modern History


Modern History and joint schools with Modern History


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.

Teaching Interests

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.

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