Matthew Tibble (AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland Studentship 2015-2018)

Thesis title: Nikolaus Mameranus: Poet Laureate at the Court of Mary Tudor


Matthew Tibble has studied History at both the University of East Anglia and Cambridge University before moving to the University of Edinburgh to pursue his PhD in English Literature where he is supervised by Professor Greg Walker. For the academic year 2015/16 Matthew is co-editor of FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts, a peer-reviewed journal for the postgraduate community working within the Arts. Also, he is the co-founder of Inciting Sparks (, a university-funded, interdisciplinary, multimedia platform for developing the impact of graduate and community research across the Arts and Humanities. He reads for the James Tait Black Literature Prize.

Research summary

Primarily, his research focuses on ‘Mirrors for Princes’ produced during the Reformation Period in England, a genre of advice literature that utilised a well-established rhetoric of virtuous behaviour to counsel, instruct, and caution rulers. His wider focus is on political theory during the Early Modern Period, particularly under Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I. Most recently, he is conducting the first English language study of Nikolaus Mameranus, a Poet Laureate of the Emperor who came to the English court for three months in 1557.