Dr Natalia Nowakowska
BA MSt DPhil Oxf
Position: Fellow and University Lecturer in History, Tutor in History
Natalia Nowakowska is a historian of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a focus on the history of Poland in its European context. She is a University Lecturer in History, and a Tutor & Fellow in History at Somerville College.
Brought up in the Polish post-WW2 diaspora community in London, Natalia read History at Lincoln College, Oxford (1995-8). After a spell working in social policy research, she returned to Oxford to complete a doctorate on a Polish Renaissance cardinal, and subsequently held postdoctoral research positions at King's College London and at University College, Oxford. She joined the Oxford History Faculty in 2007.
Natalia has published on religious change in Renaissance Europe, and on the role which the Polish monarchy and its Jagiellonian dynasty played in those processes. Her first book Church, State and Dynasty in Renaissance Poland (co-winner of the Kulczycki Prize in the USA, 2008) explored the career of the allegedly syphilitic Polish cardinal-prince Fryderyk Jagiellon (d.1503). Her current book, Elusive Church: Luther, Poland and the Early Reformation, is the first major research project in over a century on the early Reformation in this sizeable sixteenth-century monarchy, and asks how the Polish story can inform our understanding of the European Reformations as a whole. Natalia has been awarded a British Academy Mid Career Fellowship for 2012-13 for this project.
Natalia teaches a range of late medieval and early modern papers at Oxford, encompassing European, British and South American history. She gives a lecture course on Jagiellonian Central Europe in the Renaissance period.
Natalia has recently been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for a project entitled 'The Jagiellonians: Dynasty, Memory & Identity in Central Europe'. For more information about the project, please see www.jagiellonians.com
Natalia writes a blog about writing and teaching history, the Somerville Historian. She is also writing the History Monograph blog, about the progress of her new book, which has a working title of The Elusive Church: Luther, Poland and the Early Reformation. You can follow her via @OxHistorian on Twitter.
Church, State and Dynasty in Renaissance Poland: the Career of Cardinal Fryderyk Jagiellon (1468-1503). (Ashgate, 2007).
Joint winner of the Kulczycki Prize (2007-8), awarded by the Polish Studies Association of the USA.
'Forgetting Lutheranism: Historians and the Early Reformation in Poland (1517-48)', Church History and Religious Culture, forthcoming.
‘From Strassburg to Trent: bishops, printing and liturgical reform in the fifteenth century', Past & Present Vol. 213, Nov. 2011.
‘Poland and the crusade in the reign of King Jan Olbracht, 1492-1501' in Crusading in the Fifteenth Century Message and Impact, ed. Norman Housley (Palgrave, 2004).
'Jagiellonians and the Habsburgs: the Polish historiography of Emperor Charles V' in The Histories of Charles V, ed. Scott. C. Dixon & Martina Fuchs, (Aschendorff, 2005).
Natalia is writing a book on the early Reformation in the Kingdom of Poland, examining responses to Lutheranism during the reign of King Zygmunt I (1506-48). As part of this project, she is working on the historiographies of the Reformation in Poland and (with Christian Preusse) in Prussia, as well as early printed Polish anti-Reformation polemic.
Oxford undergraduate papers:
I am willing to supervise graduate research on the fifteenth-century church, Catholic reform before the Council of Trent, and early modern Poland and East-Central Europe.