Dr Elizabeth Bonner

 Dr Elizabeth Bonner

 

 

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Dr Elizabeth Bonner is an Early Modern European historian specialising in Renaissance France and Scotland and Tudor England, and is presently appointed as an Honorary Associate at The Medieval and Early Modern Centre at The University of Sydney. Following a BA (Hons) degree in History (1983) at Sydney University she was awarded a Commonwealth Research Scholarship by Sydney University to complete a Ph.D. on: 'The First Phase of the Politique of Henri II in Scotland, its Genesis and the Nature of the 'Auld Alliance', 1547-1554', which was conferred in 1993.

Currently, apart from presenting sundry papers at universities and conferences and publishing them in various learned journals: English Historical Review (Oxford), Historical Journal (Cambridge), History (Edinburgh), Northern History (Leeds) and Innes Review (Glasgow), she is also preparing for publication a volume of documents for the Scottish History Society (5th Series) from the Appendices of her Ph.D. thesis: The Scots and the French Army, 1546-1559: French Financial and Military Documents Concerning Scotland During the Reign of Henri II, which is the project for which she was awarded in 2000 a French Government Scientific Fellowship which was held at the Centre de Recherches d'Histoire Moderne, Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Previously, during 1994 and 1995, she held Non-Stipendiary Visiting Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University and Corpus Christi College Cambridge, both of which were supported by the annual Eleanor Sophia Wood Travelling Fellowship at Sydney University, and a Bicentennial Fellowship from the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (administered by the Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at London University) for research in the U.K. Ultimately, she will expand and publish the text of her thesis as: The Betrothal and Marriage of Mary Queen of Scots: Tudor and Valois Politique and Intrigue in Scotland, 1540-1560. In the meantime, chapters 2 and 3 have been published in volumes 6, The French Reactions to the Rough Wooings of Mary Queen of Scots, and volume 7, The Politique of Henri II: De Facto French Rule in Scotland, 1550-1554, of the Journal of the Sydney Society for Scottish History (1998 and 1999).

Latterly, she was commissioned by Oxford University Press to rewrite two biographies for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004): John Stewart, duke of Albany (c.1482-1536), and Sir William Kirkcaldy of Grange (c.1520-1573), and a new biography of Robert Stuart, 5th seigneur d'Aubigny (c.1470-1544). In 2005 she was admitted by the French government as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her services to French culture and history, and in 2007 she was awarded by Columbia University (NY) a Research Fellowship at their Institute for Scholars, Reid Hall (Paris), for the academic year 2007-08. The research produced during this fellowship has resulted in a volume of previously unpublished documents and commentary entitled, Documents sur Robert Stuart, seigneur d'Aubigny (1508-1544). Guerrier et courtisan au service de Louis XII et François Ier, published by the Éditions du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques (Paris, 2011). On 21st October 2011 Professor Philippe Contamine, Membre de L’Institut de France, presented an 'Hommage' to this volume at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, which is to be published in the Records of the Institut de France, Paris. In 2013 her paper, ‘Did Sir Alan Stewart of Darnley succeed as the 2nd seigneur d’Aubigny in 1429?’, was selected as one of the three finalists for the inaugural Murray Medal in Scottish history and is to be published in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in November 2014. At home in Sydney she has taught in 'Tudor and Stuart History' courses at the Universities of Sydney and N.S.W., given Lectures on 'Mary Queen of Scots' and Braveheart at Continuing Education, Sydney University, and at the WEA, and is the co-founder and first editor (1993-1999) of the Journal of the Sydney Society for Scottish History and is Vice-President of the Society.