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Dr Tom Hamilton

Dr Tom Hamilton

Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College

D8 Burrell's Field, Trinity College
56-62 Grange Road

Cambridge CB3 9DH
Office Phone: 01223 747502


I studied History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, the University of Lille, and New College, University of Oxford, where I completed my doctorate. While working in the Paris archives I was also attached to the Centre Roland Mousnier, University of Paris-Sorbonne. After finishing my doctorate I taught for a year as a Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern History at Oxford in the History Faculty and Hertford College. I returned to Cambridge in 2015 as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College and have also taught as an Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia.

Subject groups/Research projects

Early Modern History:

Early modern French and European history

Departments and Institutes

Trinity College:
Junior Research Fellow

Research Interests

I work on early modern social and cultural history, with a focus on France. My book, Pierre de L’Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion, is published in The Past and Present Book Series with Oxford University Press. It gives a new account of France’s troubles from the perspective of an extraordinary Parisian diarist and collector, Pierre de L'Estoile (1546-1611), interpreting L'Estoile not as a neutral repository of information but as an engaged collector of the sources that have shaped historians’ accounts ever since. My current research explores aspects of crime and criminal justice in early modern France, including oral testimony, record keeping, sexual crimes, and theft.

In Cambridge I compile (and sometimes tweet) the Early Modern Bulletin, a weekly bulletin during term time that circulates information about upcoming seminars and events across the university in early modern studies. I am always looking for new submissions to the bulletin and encourage event organisers to get in touch.


I lecture and offer supervision in early modern history, particularly for Paper 16 and Part II dissertations. Together with Stefan Hanß I organise the informal Early Modern Palaeography Workshop. Previously I have taught a range of papers at undergraduate and graduate level on early modern as well as comparative, historiographical, and methodological topics.


  • Early Modern History

Key Publications


Articles and chapters