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Dr. Alistair Malcolm

Biography

I graduated in History at the Universities of St Andrews and Oxford. I am a specialist in the cultural and political history of Spain during its Golden Age. My current projects are for (1.) a general study of the effects of court favouritism on policy-making in Spain during the seventeenth century, and (2.) for a book that analyses the Spanish Monarchy's struggle to maintain its position of hegemony, taking as its focus the career of the count of Peñaranda (1596-1676).

Research Interests

My research concentrates on elite culture within the Spanish Habsburg monarchy, with particular reference to the largely unstudied period between 1640 and 1700. As such, it is concerned not just with Iberian history, but with the history of elites in the Netherlands, Italy and the Holy Roman Empire. I am interested in examining the repercussions arising in court politics and foreign policy from the rulers' tendency to delegate their authority to minister-favourites. However, my research also seeks to understand the history of families within the titled nobility, and to reconstruct their ties of patronage and kinship.

Teaching Interests

I specialise in the teaching of political, social and cultural history of the early modern period in Great Britain and Europe, with particular emphasis on Britain, France and the Spanish Monarchy.

I am currently responsible for the following modules:

HI4066 Absolutes and Revolutionaries: Europe, 1715–1815 (third year)
HI4207 The First Global Empire: Spain, Europe, and America, 1479–1598
(final-year elective).
HI4227 Golden Age: Politics, Culture, and Warfare in the Spanish Monarchy, 1598–1746 (final-year elective).
HI6121 Art and Power in the Age of the Tudors and Stuarts (MA)

My approach emphasises interaction as a core component of undergraduate education, as well as the delivery of detailed and supportive feedback.



Professional Activities

Award

  • 2020 - FRHistS

Consultancy

  • 2011 British Academy -

    External assessor for British Academy mid-career fellowship.

  • 2006 Arts Humanities and Research Council Research (AHRC) of Great Britain -

    Peer reviewer for the Arts Humanities and Research Council Research (AHRC) of Great Britain Leave Scheme

Education

  • 1999 University of Oxford - D.Phil
  • 1992 University of St. Andrews - MA

Employment

  • 1998 Manchester University - Post-doctoral research fellow

Association

  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society
  • member, The Society for Court Studies
  • Member, The Renaissance Society of America
  • member, ARTES: Association for Specialists in the Art History of Spain
  • Member, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)
  • Member, IHR: Institute of Historical Research.
  • Member, ASPHS: Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

Outreach

  • Director for the UL Certificate in the History of Art & Design, an Art History evening programme for adult learners, which I coordinated between 2003 and 2012.

Language

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • French

Publications

Books

2019

El Valimiento y el gobierno de la Monarquía Hispánica, 1640-1665 (Madrid: Macial Pons: CEEH, 2019)
Alistair Malcolm
(2019) El Valimiento y el gobierno de la Monarquía Hispánica, 1640-1665 (Madrid: Macial Pons: CEEH, 2019)
Madrid : Marcial Pons; Centro de Estudios de Europa Hispánica

2017

Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665 (Oxford: OUP, 2017)
Alistair Malcolm
(2017) Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665 (Oxford: OUP, 2017)
Oxford : Oxford University Press

Book Chapters

2020

‘Sir Richard Fanshawe: The Restoration Tragedy of a Cavalier Aesthete'
Alistair Malcolm and Piers Baker-Bates
(2020) ‘Sir Richard Fanshawe: The Restoration Tragedy of a Cavalier Aesthete'
In Ambassadors in Golden Age Madrid: The Court of Philip IV ‘The Planet King' through Foreign Eyes; José Luis Colomer and Jorge Fernández-Santos(Ed.) Madrid : Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica (CEEH) pp. 272-303

2020

‘Pretending to be Catholic? Sir Henry Bennet, the Alliance with Spain, and Stuart Dalliance with Rome, 1656-62'
Alistair Malcolm
(2020) ‘Pretending to be Catholic? Sir Henry Bennet, the Alliance with Spain, and Stuart Dalliance with Rome, 1656-62'
In Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his world: Restoration court, politics and diplomacy ; Robin Eagles and Coleman A. Dennehy(Ed.) London and New York : Routledge pp. 31-51

2019

‘Spanish Narratives of the Westphalian Peace Process: Congress Diplomacy as Eternalisation of War'
Alistair Malcolm
(2019) ‘Spanish Narratives of the Westphalian Peace Process: Congress Diplomacy as Eternalisation of War'
In Warum Friedenschliessen so shwer ist: Frühneuzeitliche Friedensfindung am Beispiel des Westfälischen Friedenskongresses; Dorothée Goetze and Lena Oetzel(Ed.) Münster : Aschendorff Verlag pp. 51-63

2016

'Intercesor de escritores: las dedicatorias de libros a don Luis de Haro y su relación con los autores (1625-1662)
Alistair Malcolm
(2016) 'Intercesor de escritores: las dedicatorias de libros a don Luis de Haro y su relación con los autores (1625-1662)
In El mundo de un valido. Don Luis de Haro y su entorno, 1643-1661; Madrid : Marcial Pons pp. 263-302

2013

Ponce de León, Luis. Conde de Villaverde (IV)
Alistair Malcolm
(2013) Ponce de León, Luis. Conde de Villaverde (IV)
In Diccionario Biográfico Español (Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia, 2013), vol. XLI, 935-9. ; Madrid : Real Academia de la Historia pp. 935-939

2011

‘Serving the King at Home and Abroad: The Tangier Garrison under Charles II, 1662–1684'
Malcolm, A
(2011) ‘Serving the King at Home and Abroad: The Tangier Garrison under Charles II, 1662–1684'
In Power in History: From the Medieval to the Post-Modern World , ed. by Anthony McElligott, Liam Chambers, Ciara Breathnach and Catherine Lawless (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011), pp. 109-124.; Dublin : Irish Academic Press pp. 109-124

2011

‘En los márgenes de la parentela de Olivares: Don Luis de Haro y el mecenazgo literario de un jóven cortesano, 1621–1648'
Malcolm, A
(2011) ‘En los márgenes de la parentela de Olivares: Don Luis de Haro y el mecenazgo literario de un jóven cortesano, 1621–1648'
In Poder y Saber: Bibliotecas y bibliofilia durante la época del conde-duque de Olivares, ed. by O. Noble Wood, J. Roe and J Lawrance (Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2011), pp. 71-95.; Madrid : Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica pp. 71-95

2011

‘La embajada del Conde de Peñaranda a Praga y a Fráncfort del Meno en 1657–1658'
Malcolm, A
(2011) ‘La embajada del Conde de Peñaranda a Praga y a Fráncfort del Meno en 1657–1658'
In La dinastía de los Austria: Las relaciones entre la Monarquía Católica y el Imperio, ed. by José Martínez Millán and Rubén González Cuerva, 3 vols. (Madrid: Ediciones Polifemo, 2011), iii, pp. 1437-1462.; Madrid : Ediciones Polifemo pp. 1437-1462

2006

'Public Morality and the Closure of the Theatres in the Mid-Seventeenth Century: Philip IV, the Council of Castile and the Arrival of Mariana of Austria'
Malcolm, A
(2006) 'Public Morality and the Closure of the Theatres in the Mid-Seventeenth Century: Philip IV, the Council of Castile and the Arrival of Mariana of Austria'
In Rhetoric and Reality in Early Modern Spain, ed. by Richard J. Pym (London: Tamesis, 2006), pp. 92–112.; London : Tamesis pp. 92-112

2005

Spanish Queens and Aristocratic Women at the Court of Madrid, 1598-1665
Malcolm, A
(2005) Spanish Queens and Aristocratic Women at the Court of Madrid, 1598-1665
In Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women, 4: Victims or Viragos?, ed. by Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless (Dublin: Four Courts, 2005), pp. 160–180.; Dublin : Four Courts Press pp. 160-180

2003

Arte, diplomacia y política de la corte durante las embajadas del Conde de Sandwich a Madrid y Lisboa (1666-1668)
Malcolm, A
(2003) Arte, diplomacia y política de la corte durante las embajadas del Conde de Sandwich a Madrid y Lisboa (1666-1668)
In Arte y Diplomacia de la Monarquía Hispánica en el Siglo XVII, ed. by José Luis Colomer (Madrid: Fernando Villaverde Ediciones, 2003), pp. 160–175.; Madrid : Fernando Villaverde Ediciones pp. 160-175

Peer Reviewed Journals

2001

La práctica informal del poder. Política de la corte y el derecho de acceso a la familia real durante la segunda mitad del reinado de Felipe IV.
Malcolm, A
(2001) La práctica informal del poder. Política de la corte y el derecho de acceso a la familia real durante la segunda mitad del reinado de Felipe IV.
In Reales Sitios: Revista Del Patrimonio Nacional; Madrid : pp. 38-48

Conference Publications

2019

45-minute keynote lecture delivered by invitation at the international conference Philip IV's Instruments of Power, held at University College London, 10-11 May 2019.
Alistair Malcolm
(2019) 45-minute keynote lecture delivered by invitation at the international conference Philip IV's Instruments of Power, held at University College London, 10-11 May 2019.

2018

30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the international colloquium Voices of Conscience in Early Modern Europe, held at the University of St Andrews, 9 March 2018.
Alistair Malcolm
(2018) 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the international colloquium Voices of Conscience in Early Modern Europe, held at the University of St Andrews, 9 March 2018.

2017

45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Research Seminar in conjunction with The Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, NUI Maynooth
Alistair Malcolm
(2017) 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Research Seminar in conjunction with The Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, NUI Maynooth

2017

Castelo Melhor e os seus tempos (1636-1720
Angela Barreto Xavier and Nuno Monteiro
(2017) Castelo Melhor e os seus tempos (1636-1720

2017

The Difficulties of Peacemaking: The Westphalian Peace Congress from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Alistair Malcolm
(2017) The Difficulties of Peacemaking: The Westphalian Peace Congress from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Lena Otzel and Dorothée Goetze(Ed.)

2016

45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Universidade Nova, Lisbon
Alistair Malcolm
(2016) 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History Universidade Nova, Lisbon

2016

symposium held in honour of Geoffrey Parker by the School of History at the University of St Andrews
Alistair Malcolm
(2016) symposium held in honour of Geoffrey Parker by the School of History at the University of St Andrews

2016

Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and his World
Alistair Malcolm
(2016) Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and his World

2016

40-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville
Alistair Malcolm
(2016) 40-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Department of History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville

2015

30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the international conference ¿Decadencia o Reconfiguración? Las Monarquías de España y Portugal en el cambio de los siglos, 1640–1724, held at ....
Alistair Malcolm
(2015) 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the international conference ¿Decadencia o Reconfiguración? Las Monarquías de España y Portugal en el cambio de los siglos, 1640–1724, held at ....

2014

45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Reformation and Early Modern History Seminar, School of History, University of St Andrews
Alistair Malcolm
(2014) 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the Reformation and Early Modern History Seminar, School of History, University of St Andrews

2014

30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the workshop-seminar ‘El mundo de un valido. Don Luis de Haro y su entorno, 1643–1661', Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Madrid
Alistair Malcolm
(2014) 30-minute research paper delivered by invitation at the workshop-seminar ‘El mundo de un valido. Don Luis de Haro y su entorno, 1643–1661', Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Madrid

2014

1-hour research paper presented by invitation to the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Limerick
Alistair Malcolm
(2014) 1-hour research paper presented by invitation to the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Limerick

2012

45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the History Department Seminar, University of York
Alistair Malcolm
(2012) 45-minute research paper delivered by invitation to the History Department Seminar, University of York

2010

Early Modern Europe Research Seminar, University of Cambridge
Malcolm, A
(2010) Early Modern Europe Research Seminar, University of Cambridge
Early Modern Europe Research Seminar, University of Cambridge

2010

Religion in the Hispanic Baroque: The First Atlantic Culture and its Legacy
Malcolm, A
(2010) Religion in the Hispanic Baroque: The First Atlantic Culture and its Legacy
University of Liverpool

2009

Historians of Ireland Conference
Alistair Malcolm
(2009) Historians of Ireland Conference

2008

History Research Seminar
Alistair Malcolm
(2008) History Research Seminar

2008

History Research Seminar, Lehrstuhl für Neuere Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Malcolm, A
(2008) History Research Seminar, Lehrstuhl für Neuere Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

2007

History Research Seminar
Alistair Malcolm
(2007) History Research Seminar

2007

Research Seminar of the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews
Malcolm, A
(2007) Research Seminar of the Department of Modern History at the University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews

2007

Cultures of Political Counsel
Alistair Malcolm
(2007) Cultures of Political Counsel

2007

Cultures of Political Counsel
Malcolm, A
(2007) Cultures of Political Counsel
University of Liverpoll

2003

1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London
A. Malcolm
(2003) 1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

2003

1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London
Malcolm, A
(2003) 1623: The Journey of Prince Charles to Madrid to negotiate marriage with the Spanish Infanta, and his return to London
Stratford-upon-Avon

2002

Research paper delivered to the Department of Modern History
A. Malcolm
(2002) Research paper delivered to the Department of Modern History
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

2002

Hispanic Research Seminar Series
A. Malcolm
(2002) Hispanic Research Seminar Series
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

2000

Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar
A. Malcolm,Vezakis, A.,Davides, D.,Ammori, B. J.,Martin, I. G.,Larvin, M.,McMahon, M. J.
(2000) Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar
In Surg Endosc; *(Ed.) Leeds Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapy, General Infirmary and University Division of Surgery : pp. *-*

1998

Congreso Internacional sobre Felipe II, Universidad Aut¿noma de Madrid.
A. Malcolm
(1998) Congreso Internacional sobre Felipe II, Universidad Aut¿noma de Madrid.
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

1998

Research paper delivered to the department of Spanish and Portuguese
A. Malcolm
(1998) Research paper delivered to the department of Spanish and Portuguese
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

1996

Research paper delivered to the Early Modern Europe seminar in the Institute of Historical Research
A. Malcolm
(1996) Research paper delivered to the Early Modern Europe seminar in the Institute of Historical Research
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

1995

Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar
A. Malcolm
(1995) Research paper delivered to the Oxford History of Early Modern Europe seminar
*(Ed.) pp. *-*

1990

Research paper delivered to the Oxford Department of Spanish seminar
A. Malcolm,Williams, L.,Lansdown, M. R.,Larvin, M.,Ward, D. C.
(1990) Research paper delivered to the Oxford Department of Spanish seminar
In Br J Clin Pract; *(Ed.) Department of Surgery, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. : pp. *-*

Conference Contributions

2006

Public Lecture to Studies in Art Ltd
Alistair Malcolm
(2006) Public Lecture to Studies in Art Ltd
Medical Society of London

2002

Public Lecture, Prado Museum, Madrid
Alistair Malcolm
(2002) Public Lecture, Prado Museum, Madrid
Prado Museum, Madrid

Other Publications

2020

Review of Silvia Z. Mitchell, Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019)), Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 97/8 (October 2020), pp. 1402-3.
Alistair Malcolm
(2020) Review of Silvia Z. Mitchell, Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019)), Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 97/8 (October 2020), pp. 1402-3.
pp. 1402-1403

2020

Review of Monarchy Transformed: Princes and their Elites in Early Modern Western Europe, edited by Robert von Friedeburg and John Morrill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), Renaissance Quarterly, 73/2 (summer 2020), pp. 643-645.
Alistair Malcolm
(2020) Review of Monarchy Transformed: Princes and their Elites in Early Modern Western Europe, edited by Robert von Friedeburg and John Morrill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), Renaissance Quarterly, 73/2 (summer 2020), pp. 643-645.
Renaissance Quarterly pp. 643-645
DOI: 10.1017/rqx.2020.36

2019

Review of Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford: OUP, 2016), The English Historical Review, cxxxiv, no. 567 (April 2019), pp. 461-463.
Alistair Malcolm
(2019) Review of Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford: OUP, 2016), The English Historical Review, cxxxiv, no. 567 (April 2019), pp. 461-463.

2008

Review of Richard J. Pym, The Gypsies of Early Modern Spain (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2007). The English Historical Review, cxxiii, no. 504 (October 2008), pp. 1296-1297.
Malcolm, A
(2008) Review of Richard J. Pym, The Gypsies of Early Modern Spain (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2007). The English Historical Review, cxxiii, no. 504 (October 2008), pp. 1296-1297.
pp. 1296-1297

2007

Review of Glyn Redworth, The Prince and the Infanta: The Cultural Politics of the Spanish Match (New Haven and London: Yale, 2003). Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 11, nos. 1-2 (April 2007), pp. 106-108.
Malcolm, A
(2007) Review of Glyn Redworth, The Prince and the Infanta: The Cultural Politics of the Spanish Match (New Haven and London: Yale, 2003). Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 11, nos. 1-2 (April 2007), pp. 106-108.

2007

Review of Paola Volpini, Lo spazio politico del ‘letrado': Juan Bautista Larrea, magistrato e giurista nella monarchia di Filippo IV (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004). The English Historical Review, cxxii, no. 495 (February 2007), pp. 251-252.
Malcolm, A
(2007) Review of Paola Volpini, Lo spazio politico del ‘letrado': Juan Bautista Larrea, magistrato e giurista nella monarchia di Filippo IV (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004). The English Historical Review, cxxii, no. 495 (February 2007), pp. 251-252.
pp. 251-252

2005

Review of Thomas James Dandelet, Spanish Rome, 1500-1700 (New Haven and London: Yale, 2001). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool), 82 / 1 (January 2005), pp. 109–111.
Malcolm, A
(2005) Review of Thomas James Dandelet, Spanish Rome, 1500-1700 (New Haven and London: Yale, 2001). Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool), 82 / 1 (January 2005), pp. 109–111.
pp. 109-111

2004

Review of Letters from the Pyrenees: Don Luis Méndez de Haro's Correspondence to Philip IV of Spain, July to November 1659, ed. by Lynn Williams (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2000). Modern Language Review, 99 / 3 (July 2004), pp. 813-814.
Malcolm, A
(2004) Review of Letters from the Pyrenees: Don Luis Méndez de Haro's Correspondence to Philip IV of Spain, July to November 1659, ed. by Lynn Williams (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 2000). Modern Language Review, 99 / 3 (July 2004), pp. 813-814.
Leeds : Maney Publishing pp. 813-814
DOI: 10.2307/3739073

2003

Review of Elizabeth R. Wright, Lope de Vega and the Court of Philip III 1598–1621 (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2001). Modern Language Review, 98 / 4 (October 2003), pp. 1012-1014.
Malcolm, A
(2003) Review of Elizabeth R. Wright, Lope de Vega and the Court of Philip III 1598–1621 (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2001). Modern Language Review, 98 / 4 (October 2003), pp. 1012-1014.
pp. 1012-1014

2003

Review of Manuel Herrero Sánchez, El acercamiento hispano-neerlandés (Madrid: CSIC, 2000). European History Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 3 (July, 2003), pp. 390-392.
Malcolm, A
(2003) Review of Manuel Herrero Sánchez, El acercamiento hispano-neerlandés (Madrid: CSIC, 2000). European History Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 3 (July, 2003), pp. 390-392.
pp. 390-392

2001

Review of Don Francisco Gutiérrez de los Ríos y Córdoba, Conde de Fernán Núñez, El hombre práctico, o discursos varios sobre su conocimiento y enseñanza (Brussels, 1686), ed. by Jesús Pérez ....
Malcolm, A
(2001) Review of Don Francisco Gutiérrez de los Ríos y Córdoba, Conde de Fernán Núñez, El hombre práctico, o discursos varios sobre su conocimiento y enseñanza (Brussels, 1686), ed. by Jesús Pérez ....
pp. 560-561

2001

Review of Raymond Carr (ed.), Spain: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). The English Historical Review, cxvi / 469 (November 2001), p. 1242.
Malcolm, A
(2001) Review of Raymond Carr (ed.), Spain: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000). The English Historical Review, cxvi / 469 (November 2001), p. 1242.
pp. 1242-1242

1999

Don Luis de Haro and the Political Elite of the Spanish Monarchy in the Mid-Seventeenth Century
Malcolm, A
(1999) Don Luis de Haro and the Political Elite of the Spanish Monarchy in the Mid-Seventeenth Century

1999

European Review of History, vi / 2 (Autumn 1999), 267.
Malcolm, A
(1999) European Review of History, vi / 2 (Autumn 1999), 267.
In Advances In Consumer Research;