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Noah Millstone

Frances Yates Long-Term Fellow

Research Interest

Early modern political, religious and intellectual history / History of the book.


Noah Millstone is an early modern historian. He was educated at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and in and around the University of London; he is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Birmingham.


Noah Millstone is a historian of early modern Europe, with particular interests in political, religious, and intellectual history, as well as the history of the book. He has worked on pamphlet culture, reason of state, prophecy, religious riots, newspapers, historical writing, and orality. He is currently engaged in several projects, including directing an AHRC-funded research network on ‘Europe’s Short Peace, 1595-1618’; a history of the development of the religion-politics distinction; and, with Peter Lake, a history of the crisis of English religious politics in the late 1630s.

His project at the Warburg is a history of early modern ‘book talk’ – the lively trade in book news, book rumour, book extracts, and judgments about books – from the late Renaissance to the early Enlightenment.



Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England (web resource: http:/

Recent Articles:

'Sir Robert Cotton, Manuscript Pamphleteering, and the Making of Jacobean Kingship during Europe's Short Peace, 1609-1613', Journal of British Studies 62 (2023).

‘John Hacket’s Scrinia Reserata and the Oral History of Early Stuart England’, in Political and Religious Practice in the Early Modern British World, ed. Bulman & Dominguez (Manchester University Press, 2022).

‘Space, Place, and Laudianism in Early Stuart Ipswich’, in Connecting Centre and Locality: Political communication in early modern England, ed. Peacey & Kyle (Manchester University Press, 2020).

‘The Politic History of Early Stuart Parliaments’, in Writing the History of Parliament, ed. Cavill & Gajda (Manchester University Press, 2018).

‘Designed for Collection: News and the Production of Early Modern History’, Media History 23 (2017), pp177-198.