Esther Counsell

PhD Candidate in Early Modern History

I am a final year PhD student specialising in English ecclesiology and political thought between 1530 and 1642. My PhD thesis, due for completion in late September 2020, is entitled 'Lay Supremacy and the English Church, c. 1565–1642', and argues that characteristically 'puritan' arguments throughout this highly significant period of English history deserve to be reassessed as part of a wider Reformed European tradition of anti-papal jurisdictionalism. I previously completed the Cambridge MPhil in early modern history with distinction, and before that, studied undergraduate history and law at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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