Duncan Hardy

Duncan Hardy, Ph.D.

Duncan Hardy is a historian of Central Europe - broadly defined - in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. He specializes in the history of the Holy Roman Empire - the vast entity at the heart of early modern Europe, which encompassed all or part of more than a dozen modern European countries. More generally, he is interested in models of state/polity formation and the debates around long-term political change in medieval and early modern Europe; religious conflicts and the late medieval and early modern Crusades; the history of diplomacy; and the comparative study of political cultures (as manifested in, for instance, courtly rituals, group identities, and social networks). 

Currently he is writing up his first book, Associative Political Culture in the Holy Roman Empire: Upper Germany, 1346-1521, which argues that the political landscape of the Empire is best understood as a nexus of intertwined networks, formalized by and within leagues, alliances, and assemblies. His second project, which is in its preliminary research phase, examines processes of political and religious change, and particularly emerging concepts of reform, within the loose and multilateral framework of the Empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with a view to rethinking the early Reformation in light of its political context.


  • Ph.D. in History from University of Oxford (2015)

Research Interests

Early Modern Europe; Late Medieval Europe; Reformation History; Political History; German History; Central Europe; Holy Roman Empire; Political Culture.

Selected Publications


  • “An Alsatian Nobleman’s Account of the Second Crusade against the Hussites in 1421: A New Edition, Translation, and Interpretation,” Crusades, 15 (2016): 199-221.
  • “Reichsstädtische Bündnisse im Elsass als Beweise für eine “verbündende” politische Kultur am Oberrhein (ca. 1350-1500),” Zeitschrift für die Geschichte des Oberrheins, 162 (2014): 95-128.
  • “The Hundred Years War and the ‘Creation’ of the Written English Vernacular: A Reassessment,” Marginalia, 17 (2013): 18-31.
  • “The 1444-5 Expedition of the Dauphin Louis to the Upper Rhine in Geopolitical Perspective,” Journal of Medieval History, 38 (3) (2012): 358-387.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • “Burgundian Clients in the South-Western Holy Roman Empire, 1410-1477: Between International Diplomacy and Regional Political Culture,” in Practices of Diplomacy in the Early Modern World, c. 1410-1800, ed. Tracey A. Sowerby and Jan Hennings, Routledge Research in Early Modern History series (Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 25-43.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Konstantin Langmaier, Erzherzog Albrecht VI. von Österreich (1418-1463): Ein Fürst im Spannungsfeld von Dynastie, Regionen und Reich (Cologne: Böhlau, 2015), English Historical Review, 132 (556) (2017): 689-92.
  • Review of Christian Heinemeyer, Zwischen Reich und Region im Spätmittelalter: Governance und politische Netzwerke um Kaiser Friedrich III. und Kurfürst Albrecht Achilles von Brandenburg (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2016), German History, 35 (2) (2017): 312-14.
  • Review of Nils Bock, Die Herolde im römisch-deutschen Reich: Studie zur adligen Kommunikation im späten Mittelalter (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2015), German History, 34 (2) (2016): 324-26.
  • Review of Andreas Würgler, Die Tagsatzung der Eidgenossen. Politik, Kommunikation und Symbolik einer repräsentativen Institution im europäischen Kontext (1470-1798) (Warendorf: bibliotheca academica Verlag, 2013), English Historical Review, 130 (546) (2015): 1223-25.
  • Review of Benjamin Müsegades, Fürstliche Erziehung und Ausbildung im spätmittelalterlichen Reich (Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2014), German History, 33 (2) (2015): 280-81.


2017: Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe - Johann Daniel Schöpflin Prize
2016: German History Society - German History Society Prize
2016-20: Trinity College, University of Cambridge - Title A Research Fellowship
2015-16: Wiener-Anspach Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowship
2014-15: Institute of Historical Research, University of London - Scouloudi Fellowship
2014: German History Society - Annual Postgraduate Bursary
2014: University of Oxford, Faculty of History - Bryce Research Studentship
2012/2014: University of Oxford, Jesus College - T.E. Lawrence Award for Mediaeval History
2011-14: UK Arts and Humanities Research Council - Doctoral Award


No courses found for Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80452 EUH2000 Western Civilization Ⅰ Face2Face M,W,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Unavailable
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81853 EUH3142 Renaissance and Reformation Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11573 EUH3122 Medieval Society & Civ Face2Face M,W 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
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20834 EUH5208 Colloq in Early Modern Hst Face2Face M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2018.

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No courses found for Spring 2019.

Updated: Jan 8, 2018