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Professor Naomi Tadmor

Professor Naomi Tadmor


Bowland College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593392


Centre for Law and Society

I am interested in early modern history, especailly the history of the family, history and literature, and the social and cultural history of the English Bible.

PhD Supervision Interests

I have broad research interests and will be delighted to discuss possible doctoral work with students interested in British social and cultural history c. 1500-1800, with particular reference to -

Religious culture and the English Bible History and literature and print culture Political culture and community life The history of the family Gender and women's history

Current Teaching

  • Culture and society in early modern England (Hist290)

Research Interests

I am interested in social relations and in their cultural and textual representations, with particular reference to the history of the family, language and texts, and religious culture in England c. 1500-1800. My recentwork has focused on the ways in which concepts of social description were coined in the English Bible and their broader intellectual and social resonance in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. My book entitled The social universe of the English Bible: scripture, society and culture in early modern England has been published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 and has been shortlisted for the Longman History Today Book of the Year award.

My previous long-term project has centred on concepts of the family in the eighteenth century, and led to the publication of Family and friends in eighteenth-century England: household, kinship, and patronage (Cambridge 2001, paperback 2007). I am also interested in the history of reading and have co-edited a book on the subject: The practice and representation of reading in England (Cambridge 1996, paperback 2007).

My current research turns once more to the history of the family, as well as to community relations with particular reference to gender. However, now I am interested especially in comparative studies and in investigations of long-term change. A special issue of Continuity and Change, dedicated to Kinship in Britain and beyond, 500-2000, which I co-edited, and to which I also contributed (following workshop and network research), has been published in 2010. At the same time, I am also developing a new comparative project on biblical translation in early modern England and Europe.


People of the Covenant and the English Bible

Tadmor, N. 12/2012 In: Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 22, p. 95-110 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Degrees of Privilege

Tadmor, N. 21/04/2011 In: Journal of Victorian Culture. 16, 1, p. 118-123 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Kinship in Britain and beyond from the Early Modern Period to the Present: Introduction

Smith, R. M. & Tadmor, N. (ed.) 2010 In: Continuity and Change. 25, Special Issue 1, p. 13-14 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society and Culture in Early Modern England

Tadmor, N. 10/2010 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Early modern English kinship in the long run: Reflections on continuity and change

Tadmor, N. 4/05/2010 In: Continuity and Change. 25, 1, p. 15-48 34 p.1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Corpus Research in Early Modern English

    01/10/2011 →
    Summary: We are an interdisciplinary research group which is combining established areas of research excellence at Lancaster University. The emergent synthesis is generating unique methods and approac ... Read more»

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