Laura Flannigan

PhD student in Early Modern History

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 third-year Cambridge Trust & Newnham College PhD candidate working on the political and legal culture of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries.

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 the Court of Requests, 1483-1538'. 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: 'Nations' and essay skills. 

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

Part I, Paper 9 (British economic and social history, c.1500-c.1750)

Francis Bacon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, California - 2020-21.

Writer and editor for Doing History in Public - 2017-20.

Convenor of the Newnham History Forum, Cambridge - 2019-20.

Convenor of the Legal and Social History Workshop, Cambridge - 2019-20.

Organiser of the History Lab postgraduate conference, 'Tolerance versus Persecution', SOAS University of London - 2019. 

Convenor of the Early Modern History Graduate Seminar, Cambridge - 2018-19.

Seminar Convenor, History Lab, Institute of Historical Research - 2017-18.


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Key publications

Key Publications:

(forthcoming, 2021) Laura Flannigan, ‘Signed, Stamped, and Sealed: Delivering Royal Justice in Early Sixteenth-Century England’, Historical Research (winner of the 2020 Sir John Neale Prize in Early Modern History)

(forthcoming, 2020) Laura Flannigan, '"Allowable or Not"? John Stokesley, the Court of Requests, and Royal Justice in Sixteenth-Century England', Historical Research 

Laura Flannigan, 'Litigants in the English "Court of Poor Men's Causes", or Court of Requests, 1515-1525', Law & History Review 38, no. 2 (2020), pp. 303-337.

Laura Flannigan, 'Conscience and the king's household clergy in the early Tudor Court of Requests', The Church and the Law eds. Rosamond McKitterick, Charlotte Methuen, and Andrew SpicerStudies in Church History 56 (2020), pp. 210-226.


Other Publications:

Laura Flannigan, 'Seeing Medieval Poverty in the Archives of the Court of Requests,' The Docket 3, no. 1 (March 2020)

Laura Flannigan, ‘Review of “Law, Lawyers and Litigants in Early Modern England: Essays in Memory of Christopher W. Brooks (2019)”,’ Reviews in History (review no. 2362) DOI: 10.14296/RiH/2014/2362