University Distinguished Professor of History
Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School; Martha Rivers Ingram Chair of History;
Peter Lake works on post-Reformation English History (mostly in the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods). He has written seven books, including Bad Queen Bess?: Libels, Secret Histories, and the Politics of Publicity in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I (Oxford University Press, 2015), Scandal and Religious Identity in Early Stuart England: A Northamptonshire Maid’s Tragedy (The Boydell Press, 2015; co-authored with Isaac Stephens) The Trials of Margaret Clitherow: Persecution, Martyrdom and the Politics of Sanctity in Elizabethan England (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011; co-authored with Michael Questier), The Antichrist's Lewd Hat (Yale University Press, 2002), The Boxmaker's Revenge (Stanford University Press, 2001), Anglicans and Puritans?: Presbyterianism and English Conformist Throught from Whitgift to Hooker (Unwin Hyman, 1988) and Moderate Puritans and the Elizabethan Church (Cambridge University Press, 1982). He is also co-editor of six collections of essays. He is currently working on three projects: a book on Shakespeare's history plays and the religious and dynastic politics of the 1590s; a book on Catholic critiques of the Elizabethan regime as a conspiracy of evil counsel and a tyranny; and a book about Samuel Clarke’s collections of godly lives.