Dr Lauren Mackay, B.Mus, M.Hist, PhD, is an historian of Early Modern Europe. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Lauren studied violin at the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, developing an interest in various musical periods. But history has always been a passion, and from a young age, Lauren studied Ancient civilisations, in particular Egypt and Greece, before turning her eye to Early Modern Europe. Her focus of study now goes beyond familiar historical figures and events to lesser known individuals, as well as beliefs, customs, and diplomacy of the 16th Century. Lauren's areas of research encompass medieval and early modern politics, renaissance and reformation, diplomacy, humanism, as well as early modern literature and culture.
Lauren's research frequently takes her to different countries around the world, including Turkey, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, France, and Belgium, and she has studied countless manuscripts in the archives of the United Kingdom and Europe, including the Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv in Vienna, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and L’Archivio Segreto Vaticano, Rome, the Archives générales du Royaume, Brussels, The Archives Nationales, Paris, the National Archives, Kew, the Bodleian library, Oxford, and the British Library, London. In the last few years, Lauren's research has taken her beyond England to the wider realms of Early Modern Europe, in particular the Hapsburg Charles V, Francis I of France, and the Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent.
Lauren gives talks regularly around the UK for venues including Hampton Court, the Tower of London, Sudeley Castle, Hever Castle, Windsor Castle, Leeds Castle, The National Archives, Kew, The Portrait Gallery, London, and the 2018 BBC History weekends. Lauren is a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and All About History Magazine. In 2020 she appeared in the three part television documentary, "Henry VIII and the King's men" (Smithsonian Channel UK)