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Lecturer in Early Modern History, Lancaster University

Dr Jenni Hyde is a historian of Tudor and Stuart England with a specialism in popular song. Although her academic training is in history, she has a background in folk music and is a classically-trained soprano with a teaching qualification in music. She is therefore uniquely placed to explore the soundscapes of early modern ballads, the pop songs of their day.

She is particularly interested in how the performance of popular song adds to our understanding of Tudor and Stuart news culture: how did tunes help people to remember songs? What was the meaning of music? Did songs move people to action or debate? And where do ballads fit among the various types of cheap print available in the 16th and 17th centuries? These are some of the questions that engage her research and, occasionally, keep her awake at night!


  • –present
    Lecturer in Early Modern History, Lancaster University


  • 2015 
    University of Manchester, PhD
  • 2000 
    Edge Hill University, PGCE
  • 1997 
    University of Manchester, BA


  • 2022
    'Popular Propaganda: John Heywood's Wedding Ballad adn Mary I's Spanish Match, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • 2021
    'Gender, Authority and the Image of Queenship in English and Scottish Ballads, History
  • 2021
    'Mere Clpatrap Jumble': Music and Tudor Cheap Print, Renaissance Studies
  • 2021
    John Balshaw's Jigge: Revelry and Royalism in Restoration Lancashire, Lancaster University Regional Heritage Centre
  • 2018
    Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England, Routledge
  • 2016
    'Verse Epitaphs and the Memorialisation of Women in Reformation England', Literature Compass
  • 2015
    'William Elderton's Ladie Marques Identified', Notes and Queries

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Historical Society
  • The Historical Association