University Distinguished Professor of History
Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School
PhD, Cambridge, 1978
Early modern English history, with an emphasis on religion, politics and culture.
Office Hours: On leave 2012-2013
Office: 211 Benson Hall
Peter Lake works on post-Reformation English History (mostly in the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods). He has written four books, including The Trials of Margaret Clitherow: Persecution, Martyrdom and the Politics of Sanctity in Elizabethan England (Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011; co-authored with Michael Questier), The Antichrist's Lewd Hat (Yale University Press, 2002) and The Boxmaker's Revenge (Stanford University Press, 2002), and he has also helped to edit six collections of essays. He is currently working on three projects: a book on Shakespeare's history plays and the religious and dynastic politics of the 1590s; a book on Catholic critiques of the Elizabethan regime as a conspiracy of evil counsel and a tyranny; and a book about Samuel Clarke’s collections of godly lives.