Dr Roberts' research looks at England’s interaction with the commedia dell’arte during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and how the form manifested itself in the cultural imagination of early modern London. He also investigates the effects of human migration to sixteenth-century London and the small population of Italian merchants, scholars, and liberal artisans residing in the City’s wards. His thesis is an original and wide-reaching study that makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the migration of people, culture and ideas across early modern Europe.
It has been a privilege to have had Dr Roberts on the TIDE team for the past three years as a DPhil student, and we look forward to continue working together as Tom takes up his new role of Research Associate on the project. In-person celebrations are on the horizon, but until then, we are sure you will all join us in congratulating him on this incredible achievement!