Dr. Sarah Duncan

Dr. Sarah  Duncan

Dr. Sarah Duncan

Department Chair
Quinlan Hall 308
p: 251-380-4176


Ph.D. History, Yale University
M.Phil, and M.A., History, Yale University
B.A., History, Northwestern University

Sarah Duncan teaches medieval and early modern European history. Specializing in gender politics and queenship in early modern England, she is currently co-editing a collection of essays commemorating the birth of Queen Mary I of England. Her book, Mary I: Gender, Power, and Ceremony in the Reign of England’s First Queen, was published in 2012. Her research interests include gender, queenship during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, court culture, and Anglo-Spanish relations. Her recent publications include The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentennial of Mary I, Palgrave Macmillan 2016, co-edited with Valerie Schutte, and eight entries in A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen, Exemplary Lives and Memorable Acts, 1500-1650. Ed. Carole Levin, Anna Riehl Bertolet, Jo Eldridge Carney. Routledge, 2017.

Current Projects

God Save the Queen: Queenship and Prayerful Power



The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentennial of Mary I. Ed. Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Mary I: Gender, Power, and Ceremony in the Reign of England’s First Queen. Queenship and Power Series. Carole Levin and Charles Beem, editors. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Scholarly Articles

“‘He to be intituled king’: King Philip of England and the Anglo-Spanish Court.” In The Man Behind the Queen: The Male Consort in History. Charles Beem and Miles Taylor, editors. Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014.

“‘Bloody’ Mary?: Changing Perceptions of England’s First Ruling Queen.” In William Fleetwood’s Itineratum ad Windsor: A Critical Text and Contextual Essays. Dennis Moore and Charles Beem, editors. Queenship and Power Series. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“The Two Virgin Queens: Embodying Queenship in the Reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I.” Revised and expanded. In Elizabeth I and the Sovereign Arts: Essays in History, Literature, and Culture. Donald Stump and Carole Levin, editors. University of Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012.

“‘Most godly heart fraight with al mercie:’ Queens’ mercy during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth”. In Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, eds. Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz, University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

“The Two Virgin Queens,” Explorations in Renaissance Culture, 30:1 (Summer 2004), pp. 77-88.

Spring Hill College Courses

Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation
Tudor and Stuart England
Absolutism and Enlightenment
French Revolution and Napoleon
Western Civilization


Office: Quinlan 308
Phone: 380-4176