Dr Clare Jackson

Senior Tutor, Trinity Hall
Dr Clare Jackson

My particular interests lie in the rich and complex history of seventeenth-century Britain. My most recent book, Devil-Land: England under Siege 1588-1688 is being published by Penguin in September 2021: seehttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/299/299123/devil-land/9780241285817.html

I read History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, before researching an MPhil. in History at the University of Aberystwyth. I returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD on royalist ideas in late-seventeenth century Scotland at Sidney Sussex College, where I was also a Junior Research Fellow. I moved to Trinity Hall in 2000 and was co-Editor of the Historical Journal between 2004 and 2011. I presented a three-part television series entitled 'The Stuarts' (2014) for BBC2 (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01lkn5l) and a two-part sequel, 'The Stuarts in Exile' (2015), also for BBC2. These films have been repeated extensively on the BBC, London Live, PBS, SBS and other channels, and are available for purchase as DVDs: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stuarts-Exile-BBC-DVD/dp/B07HC3SSPJ/ref=sr_1_245?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1538302604&sr=1-245&keywords=DVD&refinements=p_n_binding_browse-bin%3A383381011

Clare Jackson is available for consultancy.

  • Stuart Britain 1603-1715
  • The politics of multiple monarchy in 17th century Britain
  • Seventeenth-century Scottish legal history
  • History of ideas in early modern Britain

Clare Jackson welcomes enquiries from prospective students wishing to work on all aspects of early modern British history, c.1500-c.1800.

PhD theses supervised include:

  • Amy Blakeway, Regency in Sixteenth-century Scotland (2009)
  • Alexander Campbell, The Political and Religious Thought of Robert Baillie (1602-1662) (2014)
  • Will Ferguson, Scottish-Irish Governmental Relations, 1660-1690 (2014)
  • Alice O'Driscoll, Women, Language and Agency in the British Civil Wars, 1638-1660 (in progress)
  • Elly Robson, Property, Custom and Conflict in seventeenth-century Fenland Drainage (2018)
  • Tom Tyson, The Persecution of Gypsies in Scotland 1571-1707 (in progress)

MPhil dissertations supervised include:

  • Cultivation as a metaphor in early modern English pedagogical literature, 1531-1644
  • Vernacular political poetry in Scotland, 1540-1584
  • Divine right, natural law and corporation theory in the political thought of William Barclay
  • The Scots’ Experience of Incivility c. 1590-1610
  • Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, Count of Gondomar, and the promotion of Spanish interests  at the court of James VI & I
  • Turning land to profit: surveyors, private property and contested geographies in early seventeenth-century enclosure
  • The intellectual context of the Scottish Engagement, 1647-1648
  • The Scottish influence on Irish Politics and Religion, 1649-1661
  • Precedent and Reform in the Upper Bench, 1649-1658
  • Roger L’Estrange, John Nalson and ‘Proto-Tory’ political ideas, 1677-1680
  • Anonymity and Psuedonymity in Restoration England, 1675-1685

  • Sir Matthew Hale, the common law and 'blasphemous words' in Rex v. Taylor (1675)
  • The Political, Dynastic and Religious Significance of Mary Stuart
  • George Savile, marquis of Halifax's 'Glorious Revolution', 1685-1695
  • Miscarriages of justice and the reputation of the Old Bailey criminal bench, 1695-1720
  • Patriotism in English Political Discourse, 1726-1742
  • The history of political thought to c.1700 and c.1700-1890
  • British political and constitutional history 1485-1715
  • Lectures on 'Eighteenth-century political thought from Montesquieu to Burke'; 'Early modern theories of Kingship'; 'Crime in early modern England'; 'Stuart Britain 1603-1714'
  • Co-convenor of Part II, Paper 19: 'Culture and identity in Britain's long eighteenth century' with Lawrence Klein
  • Co-convenor of Part I Themes & Sources: 'Utopian Writing c.1516-1789' option with Richard Serjeantson
  • Co-editor, The Historical Journal (2004-11)
  • Council Member, Stair Society (2000-5)


Tags & Themes


Trinity Hall
Cambridge CB2 1TJ

Office Phone: 01223 3 32511


Key Publications

Other Publications

  • 'Compassing Allegiance: Sir George Mackenzie and Restoration Scottish Royalism' in Justin Champion, John Coffey, Tim Harris & John Marshall eds., Politics, Religion and Ideas in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Mark Goldie (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2019), 121-39
  • 'Jonathan Swift's Peace of Utrecht', in Render de Bruin, Kornee van der Haven, Lotte Jensen & David Onnekink eds., Performances of Peace: Utrecht (1713) (Brill: Leiden, 2015), 142-58
  • ‘Pepys and Religion’ in Margarette Lincoln ed., Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire & Revolution (London: Thames & Hudson, 2015), 224-31
  • 'Religious latitude, secular theology and Sir Thomas Browne's influence in George Mackenzie's Religio Stoici (1663)', The Seventeenth Century, 29 (2014), 73-94
  • 'The later Stuart church as "national church" in Scotland and Ireland', in Grant Tapsell, ed., The later Stuart church, 1660-1714 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012), 127-49
  • 'Buchanan in Hell: Sir James Turner’s civil war royalism' in Roger Mason & Caroline Erskine, eds., George Buchanan: political thought in early modern Europe(Ashgate: Aldershot, 2012), 205-28
  • (with Patricia Glennie), 'Restoration politics and the advocates' secession, 1674-1676', Scottish Historical Review, 91 (2012), 76-105
  • 'Union historiographies', in T. M. Devine & Jenny Wormald, eds., The Oxford handbook of modern Scottish history (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 338-54
  • 'The Anglo-Scottish union negotiations of 1670', in Tony Claydon & Thomas N. Corns, eds., Religion, culture and the national community in the 1670s (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2011), 35-65
  • 'Conceptions of nationhood in the Anglo-Scottish union debates of 1707', in Scottish Historical Review, 87 (2008), Supplement 2: The Union of 1707: new interpretations, 61-77
  • (with Mark Goldie) ‘Williamite tyranny and the Whig Jacobites’, in Esther Mijers & David Onnekink eds., Redefining William III. The impact of the King-Stadholder in international context, (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2007), 177-99
  • 'Judicial torture, the liberties of the subject and Anglo-Scottish relations, 1660-1690' in T. C. Smout ed., 'Anglo-Scottish relations 1603-1914', Proceedings of the British Academy, 127 (2005), 75-101
  • 'The rage of Parliaments: The House of Commons, 1690-1715' (Review Article), Historical Journal, 48 (2005), 567-87
  • 'Assize of error and the independence of the criminal jury in Restoration Scotland', in Scottish Archives, 10 (2004), 1-25. This article was awarded the Royal Historical Society's David Berry Prize for 2004; see http://www.rhs.ac.uk/berrywin.htm.
  • 'Optimism and progress', in Martin Fitzpatrick, Peter Jones, Christa Knellwolf & Iain MacCalman eds., The Enlightenment world, (Routledge: London, 2004), 177-93
  • 'Revolution principles, ius naturae and ius gentium in early Enlightenment Scotland: the contribution of Sir Francis Grant, Lord Cullen (c.1660-1726)', in Tim Hochstrasser & Peter Schröder eds., Early modern natural law theories: contexts and strategies in the early Enlightenment, (Kluwer: Dordrecht, 2003), 107-40
  • 'Natural law and the construction of political sovereignty in early modern Scotland', in Ian Hunter & David Sanders eds., Natural law and civil sovereignty: moral right and state authority in early modern political thought, (Palgrave: Basingstoke, 2002), 155-69
  • 'The political theory of non-resistance in Restoration Scotland 1660-1688', in Robert von Friedeburg ed., Widerstandsrecht in der frühen Neuzeit, (Duncker & Humblot: Berlin, 2001), 305-28
  • 'Restoration & union', in John Haywood & Simon Hall eds., The Penguin atlas of British and Irish history, (Penguin: Harmondsworth, 2001), 138-41
  • 'Restoration to revolution: 1660-1690', in Glenn Burgess ed., The New British History. Founding a Modern State 1603-1715, (Tauris: London, 1999), 194-216
  • 'The paradoxical virtue of the historical romance: Sir George Mackenzie's Aretina and the civil wars' in John Young ed., Celtic dimensions of the British civil wars, (John Donald: Edinburgh, 1997), 205-25