Visiting Fellows

Dr Neil Younger

Neil Younger studied history as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Birmingham. He completed his PhD in 2006. Since then he has researched and taught at Durham University and Vanderbilt University.

Current research

My current research focuses on the problems of government in the context of the religious division of post-Reformation England. It looks at how far, and what ways, the Elizabethan regime was driven by religious imperatives, and how this affected politics and government throughout Elizabethan political society, from the court and parliament to the counties and parishes.

Research interests
  • Power, politics and government in early modern England, at both local and national levels
  • The role of religion in political life
  • The domestic war effort during the Elizabethan wars against Spain (1585-1603)
  • The role of the nobility and gentry in government
  • Relations between the centre and the provinces
  • The Elizabethan court


  • War and Politics in the Elizabethan Counties (Manchester University Press: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain series, 2012).


  • ‘The Practice and Politics of Troop-Raising: Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex and the Elizabethan Regime’, English Historical Review, 127:526 (June 2012), 566-91.
  • ‘Securing the Monarchical Republic: The Remaking of the Lord Lieutenancies in 1585’ (winner of the 2008 Sir John Neale prize), Historical Research, 84:224 (May 2011), 249-65.
  • ‘William Lambarde on the Politics of Enforcement in Elizabethan England’, Historical Research, 83:219 (February 2010), 69-82.
  • ‘If the Armada had Landed: A Reappraisal of England’s Defences in 1588’, History, 93:311 (July 2008), 328-54

Book chapter

  • 'Henry Herbert, second earl of Pembroke and noble leadership in the Elizabethan provinces’ in Leadership and Elizabethan Culture, ed. P. Kaufman (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).
Edited sources
  • The Gloucester Muster Book (Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, in preparation).
  • ‘The Correspondence of William Lambarde and John Leveson’, Staffordshire Archive Service, 2008.
Other publications
  • 'Robert Peake (c1551–1619) and the Babington Plot', British Art Journal 14:2 (2013).
  • ‘The Tudor State’, State Papers Online, 1509-1714, Cengage Learning EMEA Ltd, 2008.
  • Reviews for English Historical Review, History, Journal of British Studies, Midland History, Reviews in History.


July 2013: 'The Crisis of 1569 Revisited', Reading Early Modern Studies Conference.

Mar 2013: 'Religious allegiances in Elizabethan government: the case of Sir Christopher Hatton', Tudor-Stuart History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London.

Jan 2013: '“This state of England cannot endure”: Religion, politics and security in Elizabethan Essex’, Historical Association, Chelmsford.

Dec 2012 : ‘Debating the Politics of Religion in Elizabethan Essex’, Dudley White Memorial Lecture, University of Essex.

Nov 2012 : ‘How Protestant was the Elizabethan Regime? The case of Sir Christopher Hatton’, Oxford Early Modern British History seminar.

Nov 2012: ‘Access, favour and religious division at the court of Elizabeth I of England’, conference: ‘The Key to Power? The Culture of Access in Early Modern Courts, 1400–1700’, Antwerp, Belgium.

July 2012: ‘William Cecil, Lord Burghley and the Elizabethan Political Nation’, Reading Early Modern Studies conference.

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