Dr Angela McShane

head of research development, wellcome collection


Research Interests

Angela is a social and cultural historian broadly interested in popular politics and the material culture of the everyday in early modern society. Her research interests have often focussed on the relationship between ‘state affairs’ (broadly defined) and a single artefact of seventeenth century popular print culture: the broadside ballad. She has published widely on this subject and on the overlapping topic of material culture of drinking. She is the author of a reference work: Political Broadside Ballads of Seventeenth-Century England: A Critical Bibliography and a monograph, The Political World of the Broadside Ballad in 17th Century England, is forthcoming. She is the Co-I on two related ESRC and AHRC funded research database projects: Intoxicants and Early Modernity in England, 1580 – 1740 and Hit Songs and their Significance in 17th Century England from which two further books are forthcoming: a monograph provisionally entitled The Alcoholic State: Political and Material Cultures of Drinking in England 1600-1900 and a jointly authored book provisionally entitled: Hit Songs of Stuart England: The Early Origins of English Popular Music.




(2011) Political Broadside Ballads in Seventeenth-Century England: A Critical Bibliography, Pickering and Chatto: London


(2016) ‘Drink, Popular Song and Politics in Early Modern England’, Popular Music Journal [Special Edition eds. John Street and Keith Negus]

(2016), 'Upsides, Downsides and Broadsides in the Digital Archive', Media History [Special Edition eds. Marcus Nevitt and Mike Braddick]

(2011) ‘Recruiting Citizens for Soldiers in Seventeenth-Century English Ballads’, Journal of Early Modern History, 15: 1-2, 105–3

(2009) ‘Subjects and Objects: Material Expressions of Love and Loyalty in Seventeenth-Century England’, Journal of British Studies, vol. 48: 4, 871–86

(2007) ‘Debate: The Roasting of the Rump. Scatology and the Body Politic in Restoration England’, Past & Present, no.196, 254–72

(2007) ‘A Resounding Silence? Huguenots and Broadside Ballads in 17th Century England’, Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. XXVIII: 5, 604–25


(2011) ‘Ballads and Broadsides from the beginnings of print to 1660’ in: Joad Raymond (ed.), The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1: Britain and Ireland to 1660, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 339–62 

(2010) ‘Ne sutor ultra crepidam. Political Cobblers and Broadside Ballads in Late Seventeenth-century England’, in: Patricia Fumerton, Anita Guerrini, and Kris McAbee (eds), Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500-1800, Farnham: Ashgate, 2nd edn 2012; 1st edn 2010, 207–28 

With Clare Backhouse (2010) ‘Top-knots and lower sorts: popular print and promiscuous consumption in late 17th Century England’ in Michael Hunter (ed.) British Printed Images to 1700, Ashgate: London, 337–58

With Mark Knights (2009) ‘From Pen to Print – a Revolution in Communications?’, in: Beat Kumin (ed.), The European World 1500–1800, Routledge: London and New York, 2nd edn 2013; 1st edn 2009, 183–93

(2008) ‘Typography Matters: The Branding of Ballads and the Gelding of Curates in Stuart England’, in: John Hinks and Catherine Armstrong (eds), Book trade Connections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries, Delaware and London: British Library Print Networks Series and Oak Knoll, 19–44

(2005) ‘The Gazet in Metre; or The Rhiming Newsmonger: The Broadside Ballad as Intelligencer. A New Narrative’, in: Joop W. Koopmans (ed.), News and Politics in Early Modern Europe (1500-1800), Leuven: Peeters, 131–50


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