MIchael Mendle

Michael J. Mendle

Professor Emeritus


  • PhD, Washington University, 1977


Research Interests

  • Early modern English political thought
  • Early modern English political culture
  • Source-formation and the construction of early modern history

Courses Taught

  • HY 101: Western Civilization to 1648
  • HY 247: England to 1688
  • HY 490/590: Tudor England
  • HY 491/591: Stuart England
  • HY 300: History in a Vow (Early modern English social history) [Alabama at Oxford Program]
  • HY 399: Honors Seminar in Western Civilization
  • HY 631: Proseminar in Early Modern British and European History

Awards and Honors

  • Huntington Library Short-Term Fellowship, Summer 1998
  • Folger Institute Long-Term Fellowship, January-June 1997
  • NEH/Folger Grant-in-Aid, 1995
  • NEH Travel Grant, Summer 1985
Selected Professional Appointments
  • Member, Folger Institute Central Executive Committee
  • Co-curator, “Technologies of Writing in the Age of Print.” Exhibition in the Great Hall, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., 28. September 2006 – 17 February 2007.
    For more information, see the exhibition website.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship Selection Committee, 2000-2002
  • Trustee, Friends of the Yale Center for Parliamentary History, March 1996- ; President, 2002-
  • Member, Advisory Board, Yale Center for Parliamentary History, 1995-2001.
  • Director, Postdoctoral seminar, Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., Fall 1994. [Seminar title: “A Presse Full of Pamphlets”: Books as Events, 1637-1660]

Selected Publications

  • Editor, The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, the Levellers, and the English State. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Henry Parker and the English Civil War: The Political Thought of the Public’s Privado. Cambridge University Press, 1995; paperback ed., 2003.
  • Dangerous Positions: Mixed Government, the Estates of the Realm, and
    the Making of the Answer to the XIX Propositions
    . University of Alabama Press, 1985.
  • “George Thomason’s Intentions,” in Giles Mandelbrote and Barry Taylor, eds. Libraries within the Library. British Library Press, 2008.
  • “The Royalist Origins of the Separation of Powers,” in Jason McElligott and David Smith, eds.,Royalists and Royalism during the English Civil Wars. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • “The ‘Prints’ of the Trials: The Nexus of News, Politics, Law and Information in the World of Roger Morrice,” in Jason McElligott, ed., Fear, Exclusion and Revolution: Roger Morrice and his Worlds, 1675-1700. Boydell and Brewer, 2006.
  • “Preserving the Ephemeral: Reading, Collecting and the Pamphlet Culture of Mid-Seventeenth-Century England,” in Anatomy of Readers of in Early Modern England, ed. Elizabeth Sauer and Jennifer Andersen. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
  • “News and the Pamphlet Culture in Seventeenth-Century England,” in The Politics of Information in Early Modern Europe, ed. Brendan Dooley and Sabrina Baron. Routledge, 2001.
  • “Introduction” and “Putney’s Pronouns: Identity and Indemnity in the Great Debate,” in Mendle, ed., The Putney Debates of 1647: The Army, the Levellers, and the English State. Cambridge University Press, 2001.