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Dr Anne Byrne

BA (French and History), PhD (Birkbeck)
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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  • Anne Byrne is an early modernist specialising in the study of eighteenth century France.  She completed her PhD at Birkbeck in 2013. From 2013-2015 she taught various under- and post-graduate courses at Birkbeck.  Commencing in September 2015, she holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the college.

Research and teaching

  • Research
  • My research grows out of an interest in ceremonial and in how monarchy worked in early modern France. My doctoral research, entitled ‘Public ceremonies in the reign of Louis XVI, 1774-5’, took royal public ceremony as its focus and sought to place it in context in order to illuminate its social and political importance.  It teased out the meeting points of high and low culture, capturing the street level responses to high ceremonial. My postdoctoral project is  ‘Loving the king, circa 1744-1789’.
  • In 2010, in collaboration with Dr Stephen Brogan, I organised ‘From coronation to chari-vari: the many uses of ceremony in the Early Modern world’.  We were honoured to hear from distinguished speakers including Professor Jeroen Duindam (Leiden), Professor Stuart Carroll (York), Dr Glenn Richardson and Dr Claire Norton (both of St Mary's University College, Twickenham) as well Dr Philip Mansel.  I will convene a conference on ‘Popular royalism’ during the life of my Fellowship.
  • Teaching
  • I have contributed to the following courses at Birkbeck.
  • Undergraduate courses:
  • Group I
  • Europe 1500-1800
  • Group II
  • From Warrior to Gentleman: Noble Society in Early Modern Britain and France (with Dr Brodie Waddell).
  • Noble Society in France, 1500-1800 (for Professor Julian Swann).
  • Postgraduate courses:
  • Plots, Conspiracy Theory and Political Culture in Early Modern France
  • Mastering Historical Research: Birkbeck Approaches


  • Articles
  • Anne Byrne, ‘The deathbed of Louis XV’, French History (published on-line 9 June 2015)
  • Reviews
  • Anne Byrne, The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution, edited by David Andress, IHR Reviews in History, forthcoming.

Current activities

  • I am currently British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Birkbeck, working on a project entitled ‘Loving the king, c. 1744-1789’.  This will investigate expressions of positive emotion towards the king in the run up to the French Revolution and explore the idea that this affection for the monarch, which we may call ‘royalism’, functioned as an emotional community, binding the French people together.
  • I am the Reviews Editor of The Court Historian