Department of History

Lyndan Warner Profile

Associate Professor
B.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
McNally North 230

Dr. Warner taught at the University of Exeter, UK, the University of Warwick, UK and the University of Waikato, New Zealand before arriving at Saint Mary's in 1998. She received her Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Warner was a Visiting Scholar in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, UK from January to June 2016. 

A specialist in Print Culture, the History of the Family and the History of Ideas, Warner's current research on stepfamilies focuses on early modern Europe, esp. France and the Southern Netherlands.(c.1450-1630).

Current Research

Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800, edited collection in preparation for ‘Routledge Research in Early Modern History’ series. 

Selected Publications


Lyndan Warner, ed., Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800 (Routledge, forthcoming) 

The Ideas of Man and Woman in Renaissance France: Print, Rhetoric and Law (Aldershot, UK and Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 2011) Women and Gender in the Early Modern World series

Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (London and New York: Longman, 1999) Co-edited with Sandra Cavallo

Essays and Articles

'Stepfamilies in Early Modern Europe: Paths of Historical Inquiry'History Compass, 14 (2016): 480–492. doi: 10.1111/hic3.12339.

‘Female Vice and Virtue and the Authority of the Law in Early Modern France’, in Eavan O’Brien, ed., Representing Women’s Authority in the Early Modern World: Struggles, Strategies, and Morality (Rome: Aracne Editrice, 2013), pp. 151-86.

'Before the Law, in Allyson Poska, Jane Couchman and Katherine McIver, eds, The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (Farnham, UK and Burlington, USA: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 233-56.

'Remembering the Mother, Presenting the Stepmother: Portraits of the Early Modern Family in Northern Europe',  Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6 (2011), pp.93-125, includes 7 illustrations,

'Widows and Widowhood: Comparative History' in Bonnie G. Smith, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History , 4 vols (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), vol. IV, pp. 379-87. Electronic version as part of Oxford Reference Online or Oxford Digital Reference Shelf,

'Customary law? Roman law? Sixteenth-century lawyers' pleadings before the Parlement de Paris', in Andreas Bauer and Karl H.L. Welker, eds, Europa und seine Regionen: 2000 Jahre europäische Rechtsgeschichte (Cologne: Bohlau, 2005), pp. 253-61

'Les plaidoiries et leurs reflets littéraires au XVIe siècle en France', in Richard    Crescenzo, Marie Roig-Miranda, Véronique Zaercher, ed, Le mariage dans l'Europe des XVIe et XVIIe siècles: réalités et représentations, 2 vols, (Nancy: Groupe 'XVIe et XVII siècles en Europe, Université Nancy II, 2003), vol. II, pp. 261-70

'Widows, Widowers and the Problem of "Second Marriages" in sixteenth-century France', in Sandra Cavallo and Lyndan Warner eds, Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (London and New York: Longman, 1999), pp. 84-107

'Marie Le Gendre, the "Saines affections", and moral thought in the late sixteenth century', in Philip Ford & Gillian Jondorf, eds, Women's Writing in the French Renaissance: Proceedings of the Fifth Cambridge French Renaissance Colloquium, 7-9 July 1997 (Cambridge: Cambridge French Colloquia, 1999), pp. 221-38

'Fellows, Students, and their Gifts to the Jesus College Library, 1496-1610'Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 11 (1996), pp. 1-48

Recent Conference Presentations & Invited Talks

2016 • Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400–1800’, European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, Spain, Session Organizer, Chair, and Commentator, 2 April 2016

2015 •  'Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400–1800',  Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada,  Organizer, Chair, and Commentator, 24 October 2015

2015 • 'Workshop IV, 35: Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800', Attending to Early Modern Women, Milwaukee, WI, USA, with Professor Grace Coolidge of Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA, 20 June 2015

2015 • ‘The Conservation Movement in Europe and the New World’, public lecture, Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai (BNUZ), China, 8 June 2015

2015 • ‘From the Renaissance Self-portrait to the Selfie’, public lecture, Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai (BNUZ), China, 25 May 2015

2014 • ‘Stepfamilies and Legal Entanglements in Northern France and the Southern Low Countries c. 1500s-1600s’, Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Toronto, Canada, 23 May 2014 

2014 •  ‘Half-siblings in Early Modern France and the Low Countries’ presentation, ‘Half-siblings and Complex Families in Early Modern Europe’ panel, European Social Science History Conference, Vienna, Austria, 26 April 2014

2013 • ‘Saint Anne’s Holy Blended Family?’, Early Modern Women: New Perspectives – Twentieth Biennial Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Symposium, University of Miami, USA, 21 -23 February 2013

2011 • 'Lawyers, Literature and the Printed Pleading', The Letter of the Law: Law Matters in Language and Literature conference,  Athens, Greece,  5-8 May 2011

2010 •  'The Stepmother and Stepfather in Early Modern France and Neighbouring Regions', Sixteenth Century Studies Conference , Montreal, Canada, 17 October 2010

2009 • ‘The Formation of Stepfamilies in Early Modern France '‘From Broken Families to Stepfamilies' panel , Sixteenth Century Studies Conference , Geneva, Switzerland, 28-30 May 2009

2008 • ‘The Place of the Stepmother in the Early Modern Family Portrait' Australian Historical Association ‘Locating History' conference, University of Melbourne, Australia, 8 July 2008 

2008 • ‘The Stepmother in Early Modern Europe' Discipline of History Seminar Series , University of Adelaide, Australia, 12 May 2008

Courses Taught

  • Environmental History of Europe, 2nd year course, campus and online
  • History of Childhood, 3rd year course
  • Civilization in the West , 1st yr course
  • France and New France , 2nd yr course
  • Monarchy and Revolution , 2nd yr course
  • The Family in Europe, 1400-1900, 3rd yr course
  • The Western Family: Sex, Marriage & Love , 3rd yr course
  • Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe , 3rd yr course
  • The Discipline of History, compulsory course for History majors and minors
  • The Renaissance in Europe, 3rd yr course
  • Seminar in Intellectual & Cultural History, 4th yr, Honours or Graduate course


Special Topics Taught

  • The Broken Family, 4th year seminar
  • History of Media and Communications in Europe, 4th year seminar
  • Honours Seminar, 4th yr Honours historiography core course
  • Seminar in Advanced Historiography, Graduate core course
  • Directed Study - Women Before the Law, 3rd yr course
  • Directed Study - Early Modern Political Thought, Graduate course
  • Directed Study - Early Modern Gender, 3rd yr course
  • M.A. Thesis Research Supervision
  • Honours Thesis Supervision - Women's Studies