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Dr Hillary Taylor


I am a Fellow of Jesus College. I work on the social, economic, and cultural history of early modern Britain. My current research relates to social relations and the class politics of language in England, from around 1550 to 1750.

Academic interests

My academic interests include:

  • Social relations, especially deference and paternalism
  • The social history of ideas
  • Popular politics and protest
  • English Revolution.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Brown University.
  • MA, Yale University.
  • PhD, Yale University.


I have broad interests in the social, economic and political history of England, 1500-1750. I am currently working on a book about social relations and the class politics of language in early modern England. I am also doing research for two other projects. The first is about market toll litigation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England; the second is about the CPGB Historians Group.

I teach for Paper 9 (British Economic and Social History, c. 1500-1750).

Publications, links and resources

  • Taylor, H. (forthcoming 2018) The Price of the Poor's Words: Social Relations and the Economics of Deposing for One's ‘Betters’ in Early Modern England, Economic History Review.
  • Taylor, H. (2015) ‘Branded on the Tongue': Rethinking Plebeian Inarticulacy in Early Modern England, Radical History Review, pp 91-105. 

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