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Dr Anna French 

BA (Birmingham), PhD (Birmingham)

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History


Tel.: +44 (0)1242 714867


Anna is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Gloucestershire.  Her research

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interests focus on the cultural history of the Protestant Reformation, most especially the history of childhood as well as early modern beliefs about salvation.  Anna is author of several articles, chapters and book reviews, published in leading journals and collections such as Sixteenth Century Journal and English Historical Review.  She is also working on a forthcoming monograph, Children of Wrath: Possession, Prophecy and the Young in Early Modern England
Anna is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies at the University of Birmingham.  She regularly presents conference papers at specialist historical conferences, including those held at the Shakespeare Institute and the Universities of Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Loughborough and Kings College, London.
Anna’s teaching and research supervision interests consider the cultural, social and political aspects of the early modern world, including: the impact of the Reformation on daily life, perceptions of gender and female authority, the English Civil Wars and Puritan identity. 


Selected Publications:

        Chapters and Articles:

  • ‘“Keeping a Certaine Compasse”: Stories of the Dichotomous Child in Early Modern England’, Jen Baker (ed.), Devils and Dolls: Dichotomous Depictions of the Child (forthcoming, 2015, Palgrave)
  • ‘The Reformation of Baptism and Child Salvation in Early Modern England’, Jonathan Willis (ed.), Sin and Salvation in Early Modern England (forthcoming, 2015, Ashgate)
  • ‘Raising Christian Children in Early Modern England: Salvation, Education and the Family’, Theology, Vol. 116 (2) (2013)
  • ‘Possession, Puritanism and Prophecy: Child Demoniacs and English Reformed Culture’, Reformation, 13, (2008)

       Book Reviews:

  • Book Review, ‘‘Brian Levack, ‘The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West’, English Historical Review (forthcoming 2014)
  • Book Review, “Michael A. LaCombe, ‘Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World’”, Sixteenth Century Journal (forthcoming 2014)
  • Book Review, “Patrick Collinson, Polly Ha (ed.), ‘The Reception of Continental Reformation in Britain’”, English Historical Review (2013)
  • Book Review, “Kenneth G. Appold, ‘The Reformation: A Brief History’”, Theology (2012)
  • Book Review, “Joan Fitzpatrick (ed.), ‘Renaissance Food from Rabelais to Shakespeare; Culinary readings and Culinary Histories’”, Sixteenth Century Journal (2012) 
  • Book Review, “J. Patrick Hornbeck II, ‘What is a Lollard?’”, Theology (2011)
  • Book Review, “James Kearney, ‘The Incarnate Text, Imagining the Book in Reformation England’”, Sixteenth Century Journal (2011)
  • Book Review, “Eamon Duffy, ‘Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor’”, Theology (2010)
University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.