|Assistant Professor (Early Modern European History) in the Department of History||+44 (0) 191 33 47352|
|Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies|
I work on the social and cultural history of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on France. My book, Pierre de L’Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion, interprets France’s troubles from the perspective of an extraordinary diarist and collector, Pierre de L'Estoile (1546-1611), who lived through the civil wars in Paris and shaped how they have been remembered ever since. Published by Oxford University Press in the Past & Present book series, it was shortlisted for the R. Gapper Prize for the best book in French Studies.
My current research explores the role of criminal justice in the legal culture of the old regime. In particular, I am currently working on criminal justice at the end of the Wars of Religion, funded by a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant. Recent and forthcoming publications related to my wider interests in criminal justice have focused on hearsay and oral evidence, public execution rituals, political crime and sedition, the sexual crimes labelled as ‘sodomy’, and theft. I maintain an online bibliography linked to my teaching interests in early modern crime and justice here.
I am keen to encourage closer connections between historians on both sides of the Channel and serve on the committee of the Society for the Study of French History.
Before coming to Durham in 2018, I studied History as an undergraduate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and as a graduate student at New College, Oxford, interspersed with study abroad at the Université de Lille III and Sorbonne Université, where I was an associate member of the Centre Roland Mousnier. After completing my doctorate, I taught at Hertford College, Oxford, and held research fellowships at Trinity College, Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main.
I am happy to supervise graduate students working on topics in early modern French history, and in early modern social and cultural history more generally. I particularly welcome interest from applicants working on topics related to my areas of research within these wider fields.
- France c.1500-c.1800
- Criminal justice
- Gender and sexuality
- Visual and material culture
- Hamilton, Tom (2017). Pierre de L'Estoile and his World in the Wars of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- Hamilton, Tom (2021). Political Crime in the Wars of Religion: Francois Brigard's Sedition. In Sedition: The Spread of Controversial Literature and Ideas in France and Scotland, c.1550-1610. O'Brien, John & Schachter, Marc Turnhout: Brepols: Turnhout. 195-212.
- Hamilton, Tom (2019). 'Food and War' and 'Food Theft'. In Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500-1800. Avery, Victoria & Calaresu, Melissa London: Bloomsbury. 54-57.
- Hamilton, Tom (2018). The Impact of Jacques Gillot’s Actes du Concile de Trente (1607) in the Debate Concerning the Council of Trent in France. In The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700). Vol. 2: Between Bishops and Princes. François, Wim & Soen, Violet Göttingen: Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 2: 345-365.
- Hamilton, Tom (2015). Contesting Public Executions in Paris Towards the End of the Wars of Religion. In Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe. Cummins, Stephen & Kounine, Laura Farnham: Routledge. 179-202.
- Hamilton, Tom & Linden, David van der (2020). Remembering the French Wars of Religion. French History, 34 (4).
- Hamilton, Tom & Hammond, Nicholas (2019). Soundscapes. Early Modern French Studies, 41 (1).
- Hamilton, Tom (2021). A Sodomy Scandal on the Eve of the French Wars of Religion. The Historical Journal 64(4): 844-864.
- Hamilton, Tom (2021). The Evidence of Hearsay in Criminal Proceedings from Late Renaissance France. Renaissance Studies
- Hamilton, Tom (2020). Sodomy and Criminal Justice in the Parlement of Paris, c.1540-c.1700. Journal of the History of Sexuality 29(3): 303-334.
- Hamilton, Tom (2020). Adjudicating the Troubles: Violence, Memory, and Criminal Justice at the End of the Wars of Religion. French History 34(4): 417–434.
- Hamilton, Tom & Hammond, Nicholas (2019). Introduction: Voulez ouyr? Early Modern French Studies 41(1): 2-6.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). Recording the Wars of Religion: The ‘Drolleries of the League’ from Ephemeral Print to Scrapbook History. Past & Present 230 (S11): 288-310.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). ‘Bigarrures folatres et mesdisantes’ A Curio from Pierre de L’Estoile’s Cabinet? French Studies Bulletin 37 (139): 43-46.
- Hamilton, Tom (2016). The Procession of the League: Remembering the Wars of Religion in Visual and Literary Satire. French History 30 (1): 1-30.