Linda Levy Peck

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This page reflects a scholar's association with the Folger Institute.

Columbian Professor of History Emeritus at George Washington University. Her books include Northampton: Court Patronage and Corruption at the Court of James I (1982); Patronage and Corruption in Early Stuart England (1990); and The Mental World of the Jacobean Court (ed. 1991). Her articles on political thought include “Hobbes on the Grand Tour: Paris, Venice or London?” Journal of the History of Ideas (1996); “Beyond the Pale: John Cusacke and the Language of Absolutism in Early Stuart Britain,” Historical Journal (1998); and “Uncovering the Arundel Library at the Royal Society: Changing Meanings of Science and the Fate of the Norfolk Donation,” Notes and Records of the Royal Society (1998). More recently, her interests have focused on social and cultural history. In 2005 she published Consuming Splendor: Society and Culture in Seventeenth Century England. She is currently finishing a book on families and fortunes between 1560 and 1730.

Scholarly Programs

Panel chair, Political Thought in Times of Crisis, 1640-1660 (Symposium, 2016-2017)

Co-director (with Jean E. Howard), Researching the Archive (Seminar, 2008–2009)

Chair, "The Circulation of Ideas" at British Political Thought in an Age of Globalization, C. 1750–1800 (Symposium, 2007–2008)

Co-director (with David Scott Kastan), Researching the Archive (Seminar, 2005–2006)

Co-director (with David Scott Kastan), Researching the Archive (Seminar, 2003–2004)

Co-director (with J.G.A. Pocock and Gordon J. Schochet), 1603: Kingship Renewed (Seminar, 2002–2003)

Co-director (with David Scott Kastan), Researching the Archive (Seminar, 2001–2002)

Visiting faculty, Defining the Court's Political Thought (Seminar, 2000–2001)

Speaker, Material London, ca. 1600 (Conference, 1994–1995)

Co-director (with John Guy), English Parliamentary Culture to 1689 (Workshop, 1991–1992)

Speaker, Court and Culture During the Reign of Elizabeth I: The Last Decade (Workshop, 1991–1992)

Director, Kings, Courtiers, and Judges: Political Discourse in Early Stuart England (Seminar, 1987–1988)

Visiting faculty, Political Thought in Early Modern England, 1600–1660 (Seminar, 1985–1986)


Audio Tour entry on the Royal Exchange, Open City: London, 1500–1700 (June 5–September 30, 2012)

Co-curator (with Rachel Doggett), Consuming Splendor: Luxury Goods in England, 1580–1680 (September 15–December 31, 2005)


Steering committee, Center for the History of British Political Thought

Consortium Representative, The George Washington University