Department of History

Lyndan Warner Profile

B.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Office: McNally North 230

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

A specialist in Print Culture, the History of the Family and the History of Ideas, Warner's research on stepfamilies focuses on early modern Europe, esp. France and the Southern Netherlands.(c.1450-1630). Her current projects include Kinship Riddles, an exploration of visual sources of family relationship puzzles in England and the Netherlands and Stepfamilies in the Early Modern World, a series of conferences and conference panel sessions in Hungary, the Netherlands, and Poland working toward a journal special issue with Gabriella Erdélyi, Institute of History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.

Selected Publications


Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800 (London and New York: Routledge 2018, hardback, paperback, e-book, 11 contributors from Europe, the USA and Canada, 19 illustrations, 9 family tree line drawings, 2 tables, 13 chapters covering England, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy & Spain. 

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, hardback paperback and ebook.

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

Essays and Articles

‘Family, Kin and Friendship’ in Amanda Capern, ed., The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe (London: Routledge, 2019), chapter 2. 

Co-authored with Grace E. Coolidge, ‘Evolving Families: Realities and Images of Stepfamilies, Remarriage, and Half-siblings in Early Modern Spain’, in Merry Wiesner-Hanks, ed., Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World (Amsterdam University Press, 2018)

‘Seeing Stepfamilies in European Visual Culture’ and ‘Appendix: Visual Sources of the Stepfamily in the European Past, 1400-1800’, in Lyndan Warner, Stepfamilies in Europe, 1400-1800 (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), 204-232

'Stepfamilies in Early Modern Europe: Paths of Historical Inquiry' History Compass, 14/10 (2016): 480–492. doi:  10.1111/hic3.12339.

'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), 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), 93-125, includes 7 illustrations,

'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, 261-70


Recent Presentations & Invited Talks

2019 • ‘Kinship Riddles’, Renaissance Society of America conference, Toronto, Canada, March 17-19, 2019

2018 • ‘Evolving Families: Realities and Images of Stepfamilies, Remarriage, and Half-siblings in Early Modern Spain’, European Social Science and History Conference (ESSHC) co-presenter with Grace E. Coolidge, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 7 April 2018.

2017 • ‘Stepfamilies in European Visual Culture, 1400s to 1600s’, Plenary lecture, Fifth Annual Conference of the Early Modern, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 10 March 2017

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

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

Current Courses

  • Environmental History of Europe, 2nd year course, campus and online
  • History of Media and Communications in Europe, 2nd year course
  • History of Childhood, 3rd year course
  • History of the Body, Health and Sexualities, 3rd year course, campus and online
  • The Renaissance in Europe, 3rd year course