Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII and his Italian Ambassador.
Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII and his Italian Ambassador.

London: Bodley Head, 2012. US edition, retitled The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story from Inside the Vatican: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Paperback edition, The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story: Vintage, 2013.

Edited journal issues

Italian ambassadorial networks in early modern Europe.

Special edition of the Journal of Early Modern History, edited by Catherine Fletcher and Jennifer M. DeSilva. JEMH 14 (2010). Introduction, 505-12.


Notes on Catellano Casali.

The Medal 54 (Spring 2009), 35-36.


Mere emulators of Italy: The Spanish in Italian diplomatic discourse, 1492-1550.

The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia, ed. Piers Baker-Bates and Miles Pattenden (Ashgate, 2015).

The altar of St Maurice and the invention of tradition in St Peter’s..
The altar of St Maurice and the invention of tradition in St Peter’s..

In Old Saint Peter’s ed. Carol M. Richardson, John Osborne and Joanna Storey (Cambridge University Press / British School at Rome monograph series, 2013).

Uno palaço belissimo: town and country living in Renaissance Bologna..

In The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400-1700, ed. Stephanie Miller, Elizabeth Carroll Consavari and Erin Campbell (Ashgate, 2013).

Performing Henry at the court of Rome.
Performing Henry at the court of Rome.

In Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance ed.Suzannah Lipscomb and Thomas Betteridge (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 179-96.

The city of Rome as a space for diplomacy.

In Atti del convegno Early Modern Rome 1341-1667, ed. Portia Prebys (Ferrara: Edisai, 2012).


Carol M. Richardson, Reclaiming Rome: Cardinals in the Fifteenth Century.

Journal of Early Modern History 13 (2009), 543-45.

Michelle O’Malley and Evelyn Welch (eds), The Material Renaissance..

European History Quarterly 39 (2009), 718-20.

Working papers

“Those who give are not all generous”: Tips and bribes at the sixteenth-century papal court..

EUI Working Papers, Max Weber Programme 2011/15 (7000-word paper).

Conference papers

Genius in the Museum: The great men of Florence and beyond.

Private Lives, Public Histories and the Museum conference, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK (2010).

Unpacking the diplomatic gift: models and meanings.

Crossing the Channel: England and the Continent in the 16th and Early 17th Centuries, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham (2009).

Scholarship and diplomacy in the Italian campaign for Henry VIII's divorce.

Scribal culture and political intelligence workshop, Birkbeck, University of London (2008).

The post road as diplomatic space in the early sixteenth century.

Diplomats, Agents, Adventurers and Spies 1500-1700, University of Kent (2008).

La diplomazia come affare di famiglia nella carriera di Gregorio Casali, ambasciatore d’Enrico VIII d’Inghilterra 1525-33..

Seminar paper given at the Royal Holloway Department of History postgraduate forum, June 2006. Published in the Bollettino Storico Piacentino 102 (2007), 65-77.

Cold War America and Renaissance Italy: re-reading Garrett Mattingly’s Renaissance Diplomacy..

Society for Italian Studies postgraduate colloquium, University of Glasgow (2007).

The ambassador as courtier in Paris de Grassi’s De Oratoribus Romanae Curiae..

Renaissance Society of America annual meeting, Miami, USA (2007).

Forthcoming publications

Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome: The Rise of the Resident Ambassador.

Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015.

Review of Heritage and Beyond (Council of Europe Publishing).

Forthcoming in European Review of History.


How to be a Renaissance diplomat.

Public lecture, The British School at Rome, 16 June 2010.