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Laura Flannigan

Laura Flannigan

PhD candidate in Early Modern British History

Newnham College


I grew up in Lincoln before completing an undergraduate degree in History (2013-16) and a Masters degree in Early Modern History (2016-17, funded by the WRoCAH AHRC consortium) at the University of York.  Research projects in those years included a study of kingship and morality in Edmund Dudley's 'Tree of Commonwealth' (1509) and expectations of authority in the Court of Requests, 1515-1529. I am now a second-year Cambridge Trust & Newnham College PhD candidate working on the political and legal culture of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.  

Research Interests

I am generally interested in English political, legal, and intellectual history in the early-Tudor period or the Henrician reigns, from c.1485 to the 1540s. 

My PhD thesis is entitled 'Justice in Requests, c.1485-c.1535'.  It examines the idea and practice of the king's discretionary justice in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, principally through a survey of the rich but little-studied records of the Court of Requests. I am supervised by Dr Paul Cavill.  


Historical Arguments and Practice - Essay skills seminar, Newnham College

Historical Arguments and Practice - 'Nations' seminar, History Faculty 

Supervision for Part I, Paper 4 (British political history, 1485-1714). 

Other Professional Activities


  • Medieval British History
  • Early Modern History

Key Publications

Laura Flannigan, 'Litigants in the English "Court of Poor Men's Causes", or Court of Requests, 1515-1525', (Forthcoming) Law & History Review 30, no. 1 (2020)

Laura Flannigan, 'Conscience and the king's household clergy in the early Tudor Court of Requests', (Forthcoming) Studies in Church History 56: The Church and the Law (2020)