Linda Levy Peck is an award-winning historian of early modern British politics, political thought, and culture. Her first book offered a revisionist study of the court of James I that analyzed politics, policy making, and administrative reform in the early seventeenth century. Her second book examined the crucial importance of patronage in the informal power structures of the early modern monarchy and how the gift society existed alongside and could give way to corrupt practices. More recently, Professor Peck has turned to social and cultural history in the long seventeenth century. Her most recent book, Consuming Splendor, is a study of the ways in which the consumption of luxury goods transformed social practices, gender roles, royal policies, and the economy in seventeenth-century England. Awarded funding by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others, Professor Peck is Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is currently writing The Grocer's Apprentice, a story of three generations of a seventeenth-century gentry and merchant family whose experience expands our understanding of social mobility, money, and gender roles in early modern England.
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