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Joe Saunders



The Stationers’ Community in England, c.1557-1666

Supervisors: Mark Jenner and Helen Smith



I'm working on the Company of Stationers c.1557-1666, primarily using wills to consider the social environment of the early modern English print trade.

My study combines qualitative reading of wills to consider things like identity and material culture along with Social Network Analysis to look at social structures. I'm especially interested in the roles of actors and systems operating beneath the official face of the trade such as the work of women, networks of credit, the role of kinship, and concepts such as social capital and identity.

Papers and publications

  • ‘Female agency in the English print trade, c.1624-1641’ in Women in Print (Peter Lang Publishing: Forthcoming 2021)
  • ‘The Levellers’ and ‘Radical Sects of the Civil Wars’ in English Radical History (Pen and Sword Books: Forthcoming 2021)
  • ‘Bequeathing Books in the English Print Trade, 1624-41’ at Bibliophilia and Bibliophobia, University of Durham, June 2020
  • ‘Women’s wills in the early seventeenth century Stationers’ Company’ at Women in Print, University of Birmingham, September 2018


Contact details

Mr Joe Saunders
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD