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Dr Lucy Kostyanovsky

Kostyanovsky, Dr Lucy

 Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1122
Address Department of History
King’s College London
Room S8.14
London WC2R 2LS



Lucy Kostyanovsky (who publishes as Lucy Wooding) did both her degrees at Magdalen College Oxford. Her first job was at Queen's University Belfast, and she has taught at King's since 1995. From her early research into Catholic thought and identity in the English Reformation she has moved to researching the broader religious culture in England between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.  A particular interest in the intersection of religion and politics gave rise to her biography of Henry VIII, published in 2009. She is currently writing Tudor England for Yale whilst also researching the relationship between word and image in the English Reformation.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Reformation and Catholic Reformation in England and Europe
  • Henry VIII and political culture
  • Mary I and Catholic restoration
  • Religious imagery and imagination in the ‘long Reformation’

Lucy Kostyanovsky (who publishes as Lucy Wooding) works on the religious, political and cultural history of the late 15th and 16th centuries. Her first book, Rethinking Catholicism in Reformation England (Oxford University Press, 2000), was an evaluation of ideological and doctrinal shifts within Catholicism from the 1520s through to the 1570s. This work explored manifestations of the Catholic Reformation in England, and this theme has been further consolidated by subsequent publications concerning religion during the reign of Mary I. She has also published a biography of Henry VIII in the Routledge Historical Biographies series. This book reflected her interest in the relationship between religious and political ideology in the early 16th century, in particular as it was deployed in the construction of the Royal Supremacy.  She is currently working on a project researching the links between word and image in the late medieval church, and the recalibration of that relationship during the English Reformation. She is also writing Tudor England, to be published by Yale University Press.

Dr. Kostyanovsky would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on:

  • Late 15th and 16th century religious history, with particular reference to humanism  or imagery and material culture
  • Henry VIII and political culture
  • The reign of Mary I and Catholic restoration    
  • The Catholic Reformation  in England
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Selected publications
  • 'Catholicism, the Printed Book and the Marian Restoration', in V. Gillespie and S. Powell (eds.), A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain 1476-1558 (2014)
  • ‘Remembrance in the Eucharist’, in The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England, ed. A. Gordon and T. Rist (Ashgate, 2013)
  • 'From Tudor Humanism to Reformation Preaching', in The Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon, ed. P.MacCullough, A. Adlington and E. Rhatigan (OUP, 2011) pp. 397-420 [Chapter]
  • Henry VIII (Routledge, 2008) [Authored Book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see Lucy's full research profile.


4AAH1003 Early Modern Britain 1500-1750

6AAH3007/8 The Origins of Reformation in England

6AAH4007 God


7AAH2003 Power, Identity & Religion


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