Dr Katherine Butler

Katherine Butler researches sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English music and is the author of the book Music in Elizabethan Court Politics (2015). She has recently completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship exploring how myths and stories shaped ideas about music in early modern England, and how this role changed with the development of the new empirical natural philosophy (the so-called scientific revolution). Further research has considered themes including death, the heroic, and popular music-making such as ballads and psalm-singing. She shares her interests with students through teaching at the Faculty of Music and writes the blog Early Modern English Music.