Stuart Carroll
Professor in Early Modern History

Profile

Biography

BA (Bristol), PhD (London)

Stuart Carroll is a Professor in early modern history and the Head of the Department of History at York. He has wide interests in the history of early modern Europe and the history of violence. He is currently working on project entitled The Origins of Civil Society, drawing on sources in French, German and Italian, as well as English.

His initial research work centred on the political culture during the French Wars of Religion, and on the interface between noble followings and popular religious mentalities, and he was twice winner of the Nancy Roelker prize for the best article published in English in early modern France (2000 & 2003). More recently, he published a major evaluation of the role of feud and vendetta in early modern France: Blood and Violence in Early Modern France (2006), which led him to re-think the role of violence in history in the edited collection, Cultures of Violence: Interpersonal Violence in Historical Perspective (2007).

His most recent book, Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe (2009), was awarded the J. Russell Major prize by the American Historical Association in 2011 for the best French history book of the year.

Stuart Carroll, Martyrs and Murderers: The Guise Family and the Making of Europe (Oxford University Press, 2009)     

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Research

Overview

He began research work on political culture during the Wars of Religion and particularly on the interface between noble followings and popular religious mentalities. More recently he has published a major book on violence in early modern France. He is a two-time winner of Nancy Roelker prize for the best article published in English in early modern France (2000 & 2003).

Resources available for research students in York

Most research in this field entails an extended trip to France. Since its inception the department at York has had a strong emphasis on French History, and the library is well provided with primary sources which provide a foundation for research students intending to go to France.

Supervision

PhD topics supervised

  • 'Bordering on nationalism: sacred history and historiography in Wales and Brittany, c.1550-c.1650'
  • 'The English Catholic Community in Paris in the 1580s'

Publications

Selected publications

Authored books

Edited books

Articles (selected)

  • 'Vengeance, kinship solidarity and affinity in late medieval and early modern France'. In Liens personnels, réseaux, solididarités en France et dans les îles Britanniques (Xie-Xxe siècle), edited by D. Bates et. al. Publications de la Sorbonne, 2006.
  • 'Acheter la grâce en France du XVe au XVIIe siècle'. In Justice et argent: les crimes et les peines pécuniaires en Framce du XIIIe au XXIe siècle, edited by B. Garnot. Dijon, 2005.
  • 'Vengeance and Conspiracy during the French Wars of Religion'. In Conspiracy & Conspiracy Theory in Early Modern Europe: From the Waldensians to the French Revolution, edited by J. Swann and B. Coward. Ashgate, 2004.
  • 'The Peace in the Feud in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century France'. Past & Present 178 (2003): 74-115. Winner of the Nancy Roelker prize for the best article published in English in early modern France (2003).
  • 'The Compromise of Charles Cardinal de Lorraine: New Evidence'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History 54 (2003): 469-83.
  • 'The Revolt of Paris, 1588: Aristocratic Insurgency and the Mobilization of Popular Support'. French Historical Studies (2000). Winner of the Nancy Roelker prize for the best article published in English in early modern France (2000).
  • ‘The Guise Affinity and Popular Protest during the Wars of Religion’. French History (1995).
  • ‘Revisionism and Orthodoxy in Some Recent Works on Early Modern France’. Historical Journal (1995).

Head and shoulders shot of Stuart Carroll

Contact details

Prof. Stuart Carroll
Vanbrugh College V/137
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2968, External (01904) 322968