MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
205555,031 (3.54)00

Top members (works)

Member favorites

Members: None

Add to favorites
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.

I studied at the University of St Andrews, where I was taught by John Guy, before moving in 1997 to the University of Cambridge as a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of History and a Junior Research Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. In 1999 I was elected Ehrman Senior Research Fellow in History at King’s College, Cambridge. I stayed at King’s as a Fellow when I joined the Cambridge Faculty of History as an Assistant Lecturer, a Lecturer and finally a Senior Lecturer. In 2000 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I left Cambridge to come to Leeds as Professor of Early Modern British History in September 2012.
Research interests

My principal interests lie in the history of politics, political thought and monarchy in sixteenth-century Britain. For a long time I have worked on the life and career of William Cecil, first Baron of Burghley (1520-98), the most powerful man in Elizabethan England. I am interested also in Tudor espionage, commerce, diplomacy and travel literature, Anglo-Russian relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and Tudor and Jacobean London.
Current research projects

My main research interest at the moment is the history of the City of London in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. I am also revisiting the life and reign of King Edward VI in a short study to be published by Penguin.

My doctoral dissertation at St Andrews was published in the series of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History, The Early Elizabethan Polity: William Cecil and the British Succession Crisis, 1558-1569 (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Cambridge University Press also published my second book, Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI, in 2002. Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I (Yale University Press, 2008) was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Award. My latest book, The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I, which was published in 2012 by Allen Lane/Penguin Press in the United Kingdom and Bloomsbury Press in the United States, was one of the Books of the Year in both the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

Disambiguation notice

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Member ratings

Average: (3.54)
2 2
2.5 1
3 10
3.5 1
4 9
4.5 1
5 3

Author pictures (2)


(see all 2 author pictures)

Related places

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Stephen Alford is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Stephen Alford is composed of 1 name.

Combine with…


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,883,875 books! | Top bar: Always visible