Stephen Alford


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Stephen Alford FRHistS (born 1970) is a British historian and academic. He has been professor of early modern British history at the University of Leeds since 2012. Educated at the University of St Andrews, he was formerly a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (1997–99) and junior research fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and, between 1999 and 2012, a fellow in history at King's College, Cambridge. He has been a fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2000.

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The Watchers: A Secret Hist...

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Edward VI: The Last Boy King

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London's Triumph: Merchants...

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Burghley: William Cecil at ...

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Kingship and Politics in th...

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The Early Elizabethan Polit...

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“The Great Armada of Spain was probably the worst-kept secret in sixteenth-century Europe. Philip’s government was notoriously leaky; indeed some of the king’s most secret planning was known in the states of Italy, long skilled at gathering foreign”
Stephen Alford, The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

“Any state that justifies and defends the use of torture claims for itself special rights over any other consideration.”
Stephen Alford, The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

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