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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 as an undergraduate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and as a graduate at New College, Oxford. Since completing my doctorate I have taught as a Departmental Lecturer at Hertford College, Oxford and as an Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia. I returned to Cambridge in 2015 as a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College. In Easter term 2018 I will hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main, and in Michaelmas term 2018 I am moving to the University of Durham as Assistant Professor in Early Modern Social and Cultural History.

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 the social and cultural history of early modern France and Europe. 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 as an engaged collector of the sources that have shaped historians’ accounts ever since.

Related to my work on the Wars of Religion I am co-organising two conferences in 2018. Musical Culture in the Wars of Religion (with Alex Robinson and Edward Wickham) will be held at St Catharine's College, Cambridge on 17-18 March. Remembering the Wars of Religion / La mémoire des guerres de religion (with David van der Linden and Chrystel Bernat) will be held at the IPT Montpellier on 6-8 September.

My current research explores the role of criminal justice in the legal culture of the ancien régime. As part of this larger project, at the moment I am working on hearsay evidence and oral culture, the material culture of theft, memories of violent crimes in the Wars of Religion, sedition, and sodomy and sexual toleration. On 28 March 2018 I am organising the workshop Voice and Crime in Early Modern France, held at Trinity College, Cambridge.


I lecture and offer supervision in early modern history, particularly for Paper 16 and Part II dissertations. In 2017-18 I am giving a series of lectures on 'The Making of the Ancien Régime in France' and teaching French palaeography for the Early Modern MPhil. Together with Stefan Hanß I organise the informal Early Modern Palaeography Workshop. Previously in Cambridge, Oxford, and the University of East Anglia 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

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Articles and chapters