Aidan Norrie is a historian of monarchy and, while primarily focused on early modern England, he researches royal authority in cultures across the globe, with particular emphasis on female kingship.

Aidan has published articles on Elizabethan royal iconography in journals including Renaissance Studies and the Royal Studies Journal, and has written book chapters on topics including the depiction of Elizabeth I's gender in film, female Māori chiefs, female Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, marginalised royal women, and on historical films of the Elizabethan Age more generally.

He is the editor, with Lisa Hopkins, of the collection Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe, which is forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press as part of its Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World series.

He is also working on From Medievalism to Early Modernism: Adapting the English Past, a collection of essays edited with Marina Gerzic, which is contracted to be published by Routledge in 2019 in the Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture 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 in 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 Chief Copy Editor of the Royal Studies Journal, and he has been a Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand since 2015.

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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