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Department of History

Rayne Allinson

Assistant Professor of History

Rayne Allinson at PLU, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)
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  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • PLU Honors Program (IHON) Faculty Member

Education

  • Ph.D., History, University of Oxford, Magdalen College, 2010
  • M.A., History, University of Melbourne, 2006
  • B.A., (Hons), History and Classics, University of Melbourne, 2004

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Tudor and Stuart Britain
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Biography and History
  • History of Diplomacy and Politics
  • History of Ideas

Books

  • A Monarchy of Letters: Royal Correspondence and English Diplomacy in the Reign of Elizabeth I, (Palgrave-Macmillan, New York, 2012) : View Book

Professional Memberships/Organizations

Biography

Dr. Rayne Allinson was born and raised on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia, has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Melbourne, and a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford, UK. Her first book, A Monarchy of Letters: Royal Correspondence and English Diplomacy in the Reign of Elizabeth I (2012), focused on the intersection of diplomatic and literary history, and in particular, how rulers and statesmen of the sixteenth century used letters to communicate and enact important ideas about sovereignty, amity and power. She is currently interested in Anglo-Scottish relations in the sixteenth century, and working on a biography of William Maitland of Lethington, Principal Secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots. Her teaching interests include Medieval and Early Modern Europe, the History of Ideas, and Renaissance Literature and Culture. She loves poetry, jazz, ice-cream, and sunsets (and, occasionally, sunrises).