Krista Kesselring

Chair, University Research Professor

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Phone: 902-494-3623
Fax: 902-494-3394
Mailing Address: 
Room 1164, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Early modern British history
  • Law and crime
  • Gender and women's history


  • BA (Dalhousie)
  • MA (Dalhousie)
  • PhD (Queen's)


Making Murder Public:  Homicide in Early Modern England.  Oxford University Press, 2019.
(ed.) Star Chamber Reports:  Harley MS 2143.  List and Index Society, National Archives, Kew, 2018.
with Sara M. Butler, Crossing Borders:  Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain.  Essays in Honours of Cynthia J. Neville (Brill, 2018).
• The Trial of Charles I (The Broadview Sources Series.) 
Broadview Press, 2016.
• (ed.) with Tim Stretton, ed.Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
The Northern Rebellion of 1569:  Faith, Politics, and Protest in Elizabethan England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Recent Articles & Essays:

  • "Marks of Division:  Cross-Border Remand after 1603 and the Case of Lord Sanquhar,"  Crossing Borders:  Boundaries and Margins in Medieval and Early Modern Britain Essays in Honour of Cynthia J. Neville, ed. Sara M. Butler and K. J. Kesselring.  Brill, 2018. Pp. 258-79.  
  • "No Greater Provocation?  Adultery and the Mitigation of Murder in English Law," Law and History Review, 34.1 (2016), 199-225.
  • "'Murder's Crimson Badge':  Homicide in the Age of Shakespeare," Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespear. ed. Malcolm Smuts.  Oxford University Press, 2016.  Pp. 543-58.
  • “Bodies of Evidence: Sex and Murder (or Gender and Homicide) in Early Modern England,” Gender & History, 27.2 (2015), 245-62.
  • “Coverture and Criminal Forfeiture,” Female Transgression in Early Modern Britain, ed. Richard Hillman and Pauline Ruberry-Blanc.  Ashgate, 2014. Pp. 191-212.
  • “License to Kill: Assassination and the Politics of Murder in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England,” Canadian Journal of History, 48 (2013), 421-40.
  •  “’Negroes of the Crown’: The Management of Slaves Forfeited by Grenadian Rebels, 1796-1831,”Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 22 (2011), 1-29.
  • “Gender, the Hat, and Quaker Universalism in the Wake of the English Revolution,” The Seventeenth Century 26.2 (2011), 299-322.
  • “Felony Forfeiture and the Profits of Crime in Early Modern England,” The Historical Journal  53.2 (2010), 271-88.
  • “Felons’ Effects and the Effects of Felony in Nineteenth-Century England,” Law and History Review 28.1 (2010), 111-39.

Teaching 2020-2021:

Fall 2020:
HIST 1910 - Life Stories Seminar (2020-2021 Topic: Queen Elizabeth I)
HIST 3006 - Renaissance and Reformation Europe

Winter 2021:
HIST 2614 - Sex and Gender in Pre-Modern Europe

Office Hours (Fall 2020):

  • HIST 1910 drop in hour: Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 [link in course Brightspace site]
  • HIST 3006 drop in hour: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 [link in course Brightspace site]
  • or email for an appointment