Dr Mark Williams

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Contact Details


  • Tel: +44(0)0116 252 3254
  • Email: mw272@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 516
  • Office Hours: Semester 2, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm and Wednesday 11am-1pm
  • Dissertation Office Hour: Tuesdays 12pm-1pm




I received my BA(Hons.) from Queen's University, Canada in 2006. I then went on to complete an MPhil in Modern European History and DPhil in Modern European History at the University of Oxford. My thesis, entitled The King's Irishmen: The Roles, Impact, and Experiences of the Irish in the Exiled Court of Charles II, 1649-1660 was completed in December of 2010 and is now being prepared for publication by Boydell and Brewer Press as part of their 'Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History' series. My current project examines networks of cultural communication between France and the Three Kingdoms from 1650-1720. Focussing on ideas of representation, misrepresentation, and the role of media in shaping authority, this project will seek to illuminate arenas of cultural understanding beyond the traditional boundaries of high politics and religious polemic.


Recent Publications

  1. Constructing the Past: Writing Irish History 1600-1800, eds. Mark Williams and Stephen Paul Forrest, Boydell & Brewer Press, (2010).
  2. 'Between King, Faith and Reason: Father Peter Talbot (SJ) and Catholic Royalist Thought in Exile, 1649-1660', English Historical Review, 118.526 (October 2012), pp. 1063-99.
  3. ‘Father John Ponce’s Reflections on Sir Kenelm Digby’s On the infallibilitie of religion (1652): An unprinted manuscript source’, Archivium Hibernicum, 45 (2012), pp. 179-98.
  4. ‘History, the Interregnum and the Exiled Irish, 1649-1660’, in Williams and Forrest, (eds.), Constructing the Past: Writing Irish History 1600-1800 (Boydell & Brewer Press, 2010), pp. 27-48.

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