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Dr David Smith

Dr David Smith

Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History, Selwyn College

Selwyn College
Cambridge CB3 9DQ
Office Phone: 01223 3 35881

Subject groups/Research projects

Early Modern History:

Departments and Institutes

Selwyn College:

Research Interests

British political, constitutional and legal history in the early modern period, especially in the seventeenth century. Current major interests include the history of Parliament, the nature of monarchy and Royalism, and the career of Oliver Cromwell.

Research Supervision

British political, constitutional, legal and religious history in the early modern period, especially in the seventeenth century.


Early modern British history, especially Part I, Paper 4 (British political and constitutional history, 1485-1750)

Key Publications

  • Oliver Cromwell: Politics and Religion in the English Revolution, 1640-1658 Cambridge University Press, 1991
  • Louis XIV Cambridge University Press, 1992
  • Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640-1649 Cambridge University Press, 1994
  • (co-edited with Richard Strier and David Bevington) The Theatrical City: Culture, Theatre and Politics in London, 1576-1649 Cambridge University Press, 1995
  • A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707: The Double Crown Blackwell, 1998
  • The Stuart Parliaments, 1603-1689Edward Arnold, 1999
  • (with Graham E. Seel) The Early Stuart Kings, 1603-1642 Routledge, 2001
  • (with Graham E. Seel) Crown and Parliaments, 1558-1689 Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • (edited) Cromwell and the Interregnum Blackwell, 2003
  • Twenty-three articles in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press, 2004
  • (co-edited with Jason McElligott) Royalists and Royalism during the English Civil Wars Cambridge University Press, 2007
  • (with Patrick Little) Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate Cambridge University Press, 2007
  • (co-edited with Jason McElligott) Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum Manchester University Press, 2010
  • (co-edited with Michael J. Braddick) The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland: Essays for John Morrill Cambridge University Press, 2011