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John Cooper

John Cooper researches and teaches sixteenth-century British history at the University of York. He holds a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

John’s earliest work on the Tudors was a school project on the discovery and raising of the ‘Mary Rose’. Since then he has published books on Tudor royal propaganda and the Elizabethan statesman and spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. He is leading a major AHRC-funded project on St Stephen’s Chapel in the Palace of Westminster, in partnership with Parliament.

John Cooper contributed to the 2009 exhibition at the White Tower Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill, and co-edited the accompanying book Henry VIII: Arms and the Man. He enjoys advising PhD projects in collaboration with the Royal Armouries, including studies of early modern gunpowder and Elizabethan armour.