Public Lecture by Professor Rory Rapple

Friday, 14 October 2011

  • Title: 'Ralph Lane, Richard Bingham and the politics of the Irish administration in the 1590s'
  • Date and time: 5 pm Friday 14 October
  • Location: UCD HII seminar room

Professor Rory Rapple (Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Notre Dame) works on politics, society and culture in Elizabethan England and Ireland. He has recently finished a monograph on the political thinking and mentality of Elizabethan martial men entitled Martial power and Elizabethan political culture (Cambridge University Press). His work concentrates on the range and variety of political thinking that existed during the Elizabethan period, a neglected topic dealing with an era often characterised as 'the Dark Ages of English political and legal thought'. He was awarded his PhD in 2002 from the University of Cambridge. From 2002 to 2006 he was Research Fellow in Intellectual History at St John's College Cambridge.

After a year spent teaching in UCD, Rory joined the Department of History at Notre Dame as a visiting assistant professor and became a Fellow of the Keough Institute. From 2001 to 2002, he held the Government of Ireland senior scholarship at the University of Oxford.