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Dr Toby Osborne

Associate Professor (Early Modern European History)

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Associate Professor (Early Modern European History) in the Department of History +44 (0) 191 33 41062
Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


Toby Osborne is interested in early-modern court history and diplomatic culture. He has worked on the Piedmontese diplomat, abbé and art patron, Alessandro Scaglia (1592-1641), known throughout the courts of Europe, from London to Rome, during the period of the Thirty Years’ War. His work has a strong international character, with a focus on Catholic Europe and the Italian peninsula. He is currently working on several strands of research, including the papal court, the competition for status and prestige amongst the dynastic powers of Italy, the subject of exile in the seventeenth century, and international diplomatic culture. He would welcome interest in early-modern court and elite history, covering Britain and Europe.

Research interests

  • the courts of Catholic Europe, particularly in the Mediterranean region
  • dynastic politics in early modern Europe

Awarded Grants

  • 2013: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Standard Grant, Translating Cultures: The Languages of Diplomacy between the Early-Modern and the Modern Worlds.


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Edited Journal

  • Osborne, Toby & Rubiés, Joan-Pau (2016). Diplomacy and Cultural Translation in the Early Modern World. Journal of Early Modern History, 20 (4): Brill.

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