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Laura Flannigan

Laura Flannigan

PhD candidate in Early Modern British History

Newnham College


I completed an undergraduate degree in History and a Masters degree in Early Modern History at the University of York in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  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 the political and intellectual history of 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 will examine the idea and practice of the king's discretionary justice in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, with a particular focus on the Court of Requests.  I am supervised by Dr Paul Cavill.  

Other Professional Activities


  • Early Modern History