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Dr Alexander Samson

Dr Alexander Samson

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  • Reader in Early Modern Studies
    SELCS
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL

2002-09-01

Dr Alexander Samson's research interests include the early colonial history of the Americas, Anglo-Spanish intercultural relations and early modern English and Spanish drama. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), with Jonathan Thacker A Companion to Lope de Vega (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2008) and ‘Gardens and Horitculture in Early Modern Europe’, a Special Issue of Renaisance Studies (2011), as well as articles on the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in 16th century Spain, English travel writers, firearms, maps, John Fletcher and Cervantes, and female Golden Age dramatists. His first book Mary Tudor and the Habsburg Marriage: England and Spain 1553 – 1557  and an edition of Lope de Vega’s Lo fingido verdadero with Manchester University Press are forthcoming. He runs the Golden Age and Renaissance Research Seminar and is director of UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges.

Award year Qualification Institution
CLTHE_1
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1
Academic studies in Higher Education
University College London
1999 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Modern History 1500-1599
Queen Mary College, University of London
1995 MA
Master of Arts
Renaissance Literature
University of Sussex
1993 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
English and Philosophy
University of Leeds

Dr Alexander Samson is a lecturer at University College London, where he teaches the literature, history and culture of early modern Spain and Latin America. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), a Companion to Lope de Vega with Jonathan Thacker (Tamesis, 2008) and Locus amoenus: Gardens and Horticulture in Early Modern Europe, a special issue of the journal Renaissance Studies, as well as publishing numerous articles on topics ranging from the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in sixteenth-century Spain, Lope de Vega, firearms, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Cervantes, Spanish renaissance gardens, and female Golden Age dramatists. His book Mary Tudor and the Habsburg Marriage: England and Spain 1553 – 1557 is due out soon. His research interests include the influence of Spanish culture in early modern England, festival texts, the Habsburg empire under Charles V and early colonial history.

Office hours

Foster Court, Room 304

Term 1: Wednesdays 11 – 1, Thursdays 11 – 12

Term 2: Wednesdays 11 – 1, Fridays 10 – 11