Professor Steven Gunn

Tutor in History, Professor of Early 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.


I teach British and European History between 1330 and 1700, including the undergraduate Special Subject 'The Trial of the Tudor State: politics, religion and society, 1540-1560' 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), War, State and Society in England and the Netherlands, 1477-1559 (2007), Henry VII's New Men and the Making of Tudor England (2016) and The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII (2018) 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 am now completing a book on everyday life and accidental death in sixteenth-century England.