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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

Biography:

I studied History for a BA at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and for an MSt and DPhil at New College, University of Oxford. As a visiting student I also studied at the University of Lille and the University of Paris-Sorbonne. In 2014-15 I was 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. In 2016 I also taught as an Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia. From January 2018 I will hold a six-month Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Centre for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main.

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, cultural, and legal 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 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 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, memories of violent crimes in the Wars of Religion, the material culture of theft, and sodomy and sexual toleration.

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.

Teaching

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.

Keywords

  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Book

Articles and chapters