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Ellen Paterson


I completed my undergraduate degree at Durham University between 2015-2018, before completing a masters in Early Modern British History at Lincoln College, Oxford in 2018-2019. I received a Clarendon Fund scholarship for my D.Phil studies at Lincoln College, Oxford. I recently submitted my thesis in the summer of 2022, entitled ‘Bloodsuckers of the Commonwealth: Anti-Monopoly petitioning in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England, c. 1590- 1603.’ I have previously taught undergraduate modules at Oxford on study skills and the third-year special subject ‘The Trials of the Tudor State’.

Research Interests

My research focuses predominantly on popular politics and participation in early modern England. In particular, I am interested in the strong intersection between economic issues and the political in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England. My DPhil thesis explores the importance of the granting of monopolies for triggering strong petitioning protest, particularly by members of London’s various domestic livery companies. I am especially interested in how humble subjects, including artisans and merchants, engaged with matters of high politics whilst protesting economic policies and developments which strongly impacted their trades and livelihoods.


E. Paterson, ‘The Politics of Starch: Guilds, Monopolies and Petitioning in Late Elizabethan and Early Stuart England’, The London Journal (forthcoming, 2022)

E. Paterson, ‘A ‘slanderous & scandalous’ petition: the Dyers’ Company and a burdensome petitioning campaign in early Jacobean England’, The many headed monster (2020),>.