Aidan Norrie is a historian of monarchy. He has broad research interests in royal authority across the globe, with a particular emphasis on female kingship. His primary focus, however, is on Elizabeth I and early modern England.

Aidan's publications reflect his varying interests. As a historian of Elizabeth I, he has published articles on Elizabethan royal iconography in journals including Renaissance Studies and the Royal Studies Journal. Reflecting his interests in monarchy more globally, he has published essays about female Māori chiefs in Aotearoa New Zealand, female pharaohs in ancient Egypt, and marginalised royal women, such as Cecilia, Princess of Sweden and Margravine of Baden-Rodemachern. Finally, he is interested in adaptations of Elizabeth I in popular culture, and has published essays on Elizabeth I's gender in film, and on depictions of religious conflict in the Elizabethan period.

He is the editor, with Marina Gerzic, of From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past, which will be published in November 2018 by Routledge in the Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture series.

He is also the editor, with Lisa Hopkins, of the collection Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe, which will be published in February 2019 by Amsterdam University Press as part of the press's Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World series.

Aidan's PhD thesis, which he is undertaking in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at The University of Warwick, examines the use of biblical figures in Elizabethan royal iconography, with a focus on Elizabeth I's conflation with Deborah the Judge to create the "English Deborah". He was interviewed for the Royal Studies Journal Blog about his work.

Aidan's Academic CV can be viewed here. See the Contact page for ways to get in touch.


Aidan maintains his secondary interest in Elizabethan civic entertainments, and the role child actors played in these shows. He and Mark Houlahan are editing a collection of essays—called On the Edge of Early Modern English Drama—which will be published by MIP University Press in 2019 as part of the press's Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture series.

In addition, Aidan and Mark are working on several articles concerning Shakespeare's polemic use of Plutarch during the writing of Antony and Cleopatra.


Aidan is the Production Lead and Chief Copy Editor of the Royal Studies Journal. He has been a Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand since 2015, and is a Member of the Royal Historical Society.

He is also an Honorary Associate of the Department of English & Linguistics at the University of Otago, where he has taught Writing papers.


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