Dr Aidan Norrie is a historian of monarchy, gender, religion, and early modern England. They have broad research interests in royal authority across the globe, with a particular emphasis on female kingship.

Aidan is Lecturer in History and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) English and History Studies at the University Campus North Lincolnshire, and the Managing Editor of The London Journal.

Aidan's primary focus is Elizabeth I of England, and they study and contextualise the last Tudor monarch's reign and afterlife in an interdisciplinary fashion, drawing on a variety of approaches from history, literature, visual culture, and religious studies.

Aidan's publications reflect these varying interests. As a historian of Elizabeth I and Elizabethan England, Aidan has published articles in journals including Renaissance Studies, Northern History, Shakespeare Bulletin, Notes & Queries, and the Royal Studies Journal.

Reflecting their interests in gender and monarchy more globally, Aidan has published essays about female Māori chiefs in Aotearoa New Zealand, female pharaohs in ancient Egypt, and lesser-known royal women, such as Cecilia, Princess of Sweden and Margravine of Baden-Rodemachern.

Aidan is also interested in adaptations of Elizabeth I in popular culture, and has published essays on Elizabeth I's gender in film and TV, and on depictions of the Elizabethan period.

Finally, Aidan maintains aninterest in the edges of early modern English drama, and has published on child actors in Elizabethan civic pageantry and James Shirley's The Cardinal. They are in the process of writing a monograph on the role of child actors in Elizabethan civic entertainments.

Aidan is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and a Member of the Royal Historical Society.

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

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Aidan's Books

Book cover for Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty

Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty
Co-edited with Carolyn Harris, Joanna Laynesmith, Danna Messer, and Elena Woodacre
Published in July 2022 in Palgrave Macmillan's Queenship and Power series.


Book cover for New Directions in Early Modern English Drama: Edges, Spaces, Intersections

New Directions in Early Modern English Drama: Edges, Spaces, Intersections
Co-edited with Mark Houlahan
Published by De Gruyter / Medieval Institute Publications in July 2020 as part of MIP's Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture series.


Book cover Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations

Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations
Co-edited with Marina Gerzic
Published by Routledge in May 2020 in the Routledge Studies in Shakespeare series. A paperback edition was published in April 2022.


Cover for Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe

Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe
Co-edited with Lisa Hopkins
Published in February 2019 by Amsterdam University Press as part of the press's Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World series.


Book cover for From Medievlism to Early-Modernism

From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past
Co-edited with Marina Gerzic
Published in November 2018 by Routledge in the Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture series. A paperback edition was published in September 2020.

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