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Harriet Lyon

Biography:

In October 2017, I became the A. H. Lloyd Junior Research Fellow at Christ's College. I am also currently in the final stages of completing my PhD, which examines the memory of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, 1536-c.1700.

 

Research Interests

My current research explores the complex afterlives of the dissolution of the monasteries, asking when and why it was remembered variously as a moment of Protestant triumph or regret, an emblem of a lost medieval golden age, and a rupture in the social and cultural fabric of early modern England. It seeks to recover the significance of the dissolution to the wider processes of the English Reformation and early modern  senses of the past. More broadly, I am interested in the enduring cultural, political, and religious impact of the Protestant Reformation and the ways in which contemporary practices of memory making have shaped modern historiography. I also have a more general interest in the history of memory. 

Teaching

I offer supervisions in the following papers in Part I of the Historical Tripos:

Paper 4: British political history, 1485-1714

Paper 9: British economic and social history, c. 1500-1750

I also supervise selected topics for HAP, especially Memory and Religion. 

Other Professional Activities

In 2015-16 I was a co-covenor of the Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar.

In September 2016, I was an organiser of the Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership conference, 'Time and Temporality': https://camahrc2016.wordpress.com.

I currently run the Early Modern Bulletin - weekly emails (during term-time) offering a digest of regular early modern seminars in Cambridge as well as other relevant events in Cambridge and beyond. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Keywords

  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Harriet Lyon, 'The Fisherton monster: science, providence, and politics in early Restoration England', Historical Journal 60 (2017), pp. 333-62.

Harriet Lyon, '"A pitiful thing"? The dissolution of the English monasteries in early modern chronicles, c. 1540-c. 1640', Sixteenth Century Journal (in press; expected publication in 2018).