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Dr Janet Dickinson

Senior Associate Tutor in History

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Department for Continuing Education 

I am Senior Associate Tutor in History at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, where I teach on a range of programmes. My main research interests focus on the nobility and the court in early modern England and Europe, on which I have contributed a number of chapters to edited volumes. My first book, Court Politics and the Earl of Essex was published in 2011. My research interests recently led to a year working on an Anglo-Dutch project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, entitled ‘Maritime Archaeology meets Cultural History’. This focused on the extraordinary objects retrieved from a 17th century shipwreck off the Dutch island of Texel, and in particular a collection of ‘drowned books’ and ‘ghost books’. My article on the books will be coming out soon in ‘The Seventeenth Century’. I am now writing an audiobook on a day in the life of the court of Henry VIII for Audible and working on a book focused on the mental worlds of the Elizabethan nobility. I am a member of the steering committee of the Lord Burghley 500 Foundation, celebrating the 500th anniversary of William Cecil, Lord Burghley’s birth in 2021: www.lordburghley500.org