Dr Elizabeth Bonner

 Dr Elizabeth Bonner

 

 

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Dr Elizabeth Bonner is an Early Modern European historian specializing in Renaissance France and Scotland 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) 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, she is preparing a volume of documents for the Scottish History Society, The Scots and the French Army, 1546-1559: French Financial and Military Documents Concerning Scotland During the Reign of Henri II. In 1994 and 1995 she held 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 Travelling Fellowships from Sydney and London Universities. 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, in the Journal of the Sydney Society for Scottish History (1998 and 1999). In 2000 she was awarded a French Government Scientific Fellowship which was held at the Centre de Recherches d'Histoire Moderne, Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Latterly, she was commissioned 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 The research produced during this fellowship has resulted in a volume of previously unpublished documents and commentary entitled, Documents sur Robert Stuart, seigneur d'Aubigny (1508-1544).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), and 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, see Comptes-rendus des séances à l'Académie..., séance du 21 octobre 2011, (Paris, 2011). In 2013 her paper, ‘Inheritance, war and antiquarianism: Sir Alan Stewart of Darnley, 2nd seigneur d'Aubigny et de Concressault, 1429-37’, was selected as one of the three finalists for the inaugural Murray Medal in Scottish history and is published in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol. 143 (Edinburgh, 2013); and in 2014 she was elected as a Fellow of the Society. 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. She was also the co-founder with the late Malcolm Broun OAM. QC (1935-2014), and the first editor (1993-1999), of the Journal of the Sydney Society for Scottish History and is the past Vice-President (1993-2014) of the Society.