Dr Hannah Coates


I'm a graduate of the University of Southampton. I studied for my BA History there from 2007 until 2010, and then a MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture from 2010 until 2011. I have recently completed my PhD at Leeds on 'Sir Francis Walsingham and Mid-Elizabethan Political Culture', which aimed to recalibrate opinions of the political motivations and thinking of one Elizabeth I's most influential advisers through close reading of his correspondence and policy papers.

Research interests

I am currently working on two articles. One of these, ‘ “Faction”, Rhetoric, and Ideology: Sir Francis Walsingham’s Role in Anglo-Scottish Diplomacy, c. 1580-1590’, has been accepted for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies in January 2020. I am also co-writing an article 'Safety and Civil Society: The Evolution of the Act for the Queen’s Surety, 1585' with my former PhD supervisor. 

My chapter, 'The Moor's Counsel: Sir Francis Walsingham's Advice to Elizabeth I' appears in the edited collection, Queenship and Counsel in the the Early Modern World, ed. Helen Matheson-Pollock, Joanne Paul, and Catherine Fletcher (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

In April 2018, I visited the Hull and East Riding branch of the Historical Association to give a talk on the topic of 'Unworthy of an Honest Man? Francis Walsingham, Spies and Deception in Elizabethan Politics'.

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