Michael Broughton


Department of History

Research student & Teaching assistant

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Thesis title: The Language of War: Elizabethan Military Discourse and Culture in Print




Thesis abstract:

My research aims to examine the way in which war was written about in the burgeoning print culture of Elizabethan England. Utilising a range of printed sources throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, my work explores the development of a public military discourse that reflected a distinctive English martial culture. I am interested in the way in which England was influenced by the military engagements in the Netherlands, France, and Ireland during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and how this is reflected in printed works on military theory and practice. I am also interested in the morality of war, deceptive military practices, and unconventional tactics.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2020 - present
  • MA History, University College London, 2018-19
  • BA, History, University of Sheffield, 2014-17
  • The Jean Orr Scholarship Prize for History, 2018-19
Publications and Conferences


  • Michael E. Broughton, ‘"The English fury" at Mechelen, 1580’, British Journal for Military History, 7.2 (2021), pp. 166-173. 

Article link: https://bjmh.gold.ac.uk/article/view/1560/1673

  • Michael E. Broughton, 'An Englishman at the Siege of Guînes (1558)', Martial Culture in Medieval Town (April 2022)
  • Michael E. Broughton, ‘Honour and Violence in Elizabethan Military Accounts’, EPOCH, Issue 8 (June 2022)

Conferences and papers:

  • ‘Unconventional Warfare in Elizabethan Print’, The Royal Armoury Summer Lecture Series (August 2021)
  • “Manful Deeds”: Soldierly Expectation in Elizabethan Military Print’, Early Modern Men Conference (February 2022)
  • “The ‘Ignoraunt Babler’ and the ‘Manne of Knowledge”: Experiences of War in Elizabethan Military Print’, Newcastle University’s Postgraduate Forum Conference (May 2022)