Dr Charlotte Young

Honorary Visiting Fellow, Centre for English Local History

Contact DetailsDr Charlotte Young


I studied for my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of the late Professor Justin Champion. My thesis explored the policy of sequestration during the English Civil War, which enabled Parliament to confiscate the real and personal estates of Catholics and royalists on the grounds that they were responsible for the conflict. I am hoping to expand my research to study sequestration policies in other civil conflicts, particularly in America.

I worked as a genealogist for over 10 years, handling both media and private clients. This work fostered my interest in local history and telling stories about the links between families and their environs. I am currently working for Northamptonshire Victoria County History to research the history of the parish of Cold Higham for publication in Volume 8, which covers the hundred of Towcester; this is due to be published in 2022. I previously researched and wrote the early modern history of the town of Towcester for the same volume.

I am also writing a biography of the regicide judge John Bradshawe, which will hopefully be published in 2021. This is based on part of my PhD research and will provide a new interpretation of his career, arguing against the commonly-held belief that he was a tyrant and a traitor.

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