Profile: Tom Leng
Dr Tom Leng’s reformation expertise can be summed up as “Reformation England’s global interactions.” The 500 Reformations team asked Tom some questions about how this knowledge connects with his research.
Tell us about your Reformation research:
I am working on England’s commercial relations with the wider world in the early modern period, and as such I am able to talk about how the religious divisions following the Reformation reconfigured the relationship between England and continental Europe, particularly by encouraging English merchants to look for new markets, as well as a search for new allies by the crown.
What question, or questions, are you aiming to answer in your 500 Reformations talk?
How did the religious divisions of the Reformation encourage England to develop new commercial relations with Europe and thereby the wider world?
Is this your main research area?
No.—I normally work on English merchants trading to Germany and the Low Countries in the seventeenth century.
Find out more:
Read about Tom’s research interests (University of Sheffield research profile)
See a list of Tom’s publications (University of Sheffield publication list)
Want to hear Tom speak?
Those in Sheffield and the surrounding area are encouraged to invite Tom as part of the 500 Reformations scheme. Information about hosting.
Photograph courtesy of the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies.