Dr Elizabeth Bonner
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Dr Elizabeth Bonner is an Early Modern European historian specializing in Renaissance France and Scotland and Tudor England, and is an Honorary Research 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 by Sydney University a Commonwealth Research Scholarship to complete a Ph.D. (conferred 1993) on "The First Phase of the Politique of Henri II in Scotland, its Genesis and the Nature of the 'Auld Alliance', 1547-1554".
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), Innes Review (Glasgow) - she is 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, 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.
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 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 volume 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, for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), she was commissioned by Oxford University Press to rewrite two biographies, of John Stewart, duke of Albany (c.1482-1536) and Sir William Kirkcaldy of Grange (c.1520-1573), and to write 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. This research has resulted in a volume of 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).
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 The Centre for 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 of which she is Vice-President.