Krista Kesselring

Kesselring 2022

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Phone: 902-494-3623
Fax: 902-494-3394
Mailing Address: 
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)

Dr. Kesselring is on sabbatical July 1, 2024


  • with Tim Stretton, Marriage, Separation and Divorce in England, 1500-1700, Oxford University Press, 2022.
  • with Natalie Mears, Star Chamber Matters: An Early Modern Court and its Records. University of London Press, 2021.
  • 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:

  • "The Case of Catherine Dammartin: Friends, Fellows, and the Survival of Celibacy in England's Protestant Universities," Renaissance and Reformation, 44.1 (2021), 87-108.
  • "Law, Status, and the Lash: Judicial Whipping in Early Modern England," Journal of British Studies, 60.3 (2021), 511-33.
  • "Consent and Coercion, Force and Fraud: Marriages in Star Chamber," Star Chamber Matters: An Early Modern Court and its Records, ed. K.J. Kesselring and Natalie Mears. University of London Press, 2021. Pp 97-114.
  • "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.

Blog Posts

Posts to, a collaborative academic blog co-edited with Sara M. Butler and Katherine D. Watson.