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Dr Karen Jillings

Senior Lecturer in History

School of Humanities

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Early modern medical beliefs particularly in Scotland; bureaucratic and social responses to plague; early literature on mineral waters and tobacco; medical humanism; monstrosity as entertainment.

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British History (210305): Historical Studies (210300): History And Archaeology (210000)

Research Outputs

Journal

Jillings, KA. (2014). Hercules Rollock and the Edinburgh plague of 1585. The Bottle Imp: The E-Journal of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. 15, 1-4 Retrieved from http://asls.arts.gla.ac.uk/SWE/TBI/TBIIssue15/Jillings.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2013). Review of Paul Slack, Plague: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). Social History of Medicine. 26(4), 784-785Retreived from http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/4/784.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=zKebb8G7zLbIhzo
[Book Review]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2013). Fear of disease in medieval Scotland. Groniek. 195, 119-130
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2013). Scotland’s ‘naturall elixirs’ and ‘sacred liquors’: explaining the medicinal power of mineral waters. Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 30(2), 59-79 Retrieved from http://www.parergon.arts.uwa.edu.au/contents
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2012). Scotland's early literature on healing waters, 1580-1636. Journal of the Northern Renaissance. (4) Retrieved from http://www.northernrenaissance.org/issues/issue-4-2012/
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2011). Monstrosity as spectacle: The Two Inseparable Brothers' European tour of the 1630s and 1640s. Popular Entertainment Studies. 2(1), 54-68
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2010). Aberdeen's plague epidemic of 1647-48. Scottish Medical Journal. 55(3), 43-45
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2010). Book review: John Hatcher, The Black Death. Metapsychology online reviews. 14(12), 1-2
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2010). Book review: Lars Bisgaard and Leif Sondergaard, Living with the Black Death. Social History of Medicine. 23(1), 194-196
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2010). Plague, pox and the physician in Aberdeen, 1495-1516. The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 40(1), 70-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2008). Book review: Carolyn P. Collette, Performing polity: Woman and agency in the Anglo-French tradition 1385-1620. Women's Studies Journal. 22(1), 49-51
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2008). Humanism and medicine in sixteenth-century Aberdeen. Intellectual History Review. 18(1), 31-40
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2005). Preventing plague in post-Reformation Aberdeen. International Review of Scottish Studies. 30, 108-134
[Journal article]Authored by: Jillings, K.

Book

Jillings, KA. (2013). Medical advice for the masses? Scotland’s first vernacular printed medical work. In JD. McClure, & J. Hadley Williams (Eds.) Fresche Fontanis: Studies in the Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Scotland. (pp. 307 - 316). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2009). As much desired as it was wondered at: Old world encounters with new world tobacco. In L. Bailey, L. Diggelman, & KM. Phillips (Eds.) Old Worlds, New Worlds: European Cultural Encounters, c. 1000 - c. 1750. (pp. 119 - 138). New York, NY: Brepols Publishers
[Chapter]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA.(2003). Scotland's black death: The foul death of the English. The Mill, Brimscombe Port, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Tempus Publishing
[Authored Book]Authored by: Jillings, K.

Creative Work

Jillings, KA.(2004). Aberdeen's epidemics. Aberdeen, Scotland: Grampian Television
[Film or Video]Authored by: Jillings, K.

Thesis

Jillings, KA. (2001). 'For the safte and preservatioun of the toune': Plague and the poor in early modern aberdeen. (Doctoral Thesis, University of Aberdeen)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Jillings, K.

Conference

Jillings, KA. (2014, September). Plague and the Poor in an Early Modern City: the Case of Aberdeen in the 1540s. Presented at 12th International Conference on Urban History. Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lisbon, Portugal.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2012, June). Editing the works of a sixteenth-century Scottish physician. Presented at Editing Early Texts: Practice and Protocol. Massey University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2011, July). Scotland's early literature on healing waters, c.1580-c.1640. Presented at Natio Scota: the 13th International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature. Padua, Italy.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2011, February). Plague and the poor in an early modern city: the case of Aberdeen in the 1540s. Presented at Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Dunedin.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2010, April). Scotland's 'naturall elixirs' and 'sacred liquors': explaining the medicinal power of mineral waters. Presented at Miracles, Medicine and Magic: Explaining the Natural, the Unnatural and the Supernatural in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, 10th Annual Conference, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Auckland. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2009). Encountering the monstrous in seventeenth-century Europe. Presented at Annual conference, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Auckland. University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2008). The learned vernacular response to plague in sixteenth-century Scotland: Gilbert Skene's Ane Breve Descriptioun of the Pest (1568). , Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Seventh Biennial conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2008, June). Medical advice for the masses? Scotland's first printed vernacular medical work. Presented at Twelfth international conference on medieval and Renaissance Scottish language and literature. Edinburgh, Scotland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2006, September). Humanism and medicine in sixteenth-century Aberdeen. Presented at Humanism and medicine in the early modern era symposium. University of Western Australia, Perth.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2006, July). Fear of Disease in Medieval Scotland. Presented at International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2006, February). The Scottish contribution to learned vernacular discourses on plague: Gilbert Skene's Ane Breve Descriptioun of the Pest (1568). Presented at Annual conference of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Auckland. University of Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2005, May). Responses to the Black Death in Scotland. Presented at 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Medieval Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.

Other

Jillings, KA. (2015, June). Plague, poison and pollution in sixteenth-century Scotland. This talk was presented by invitation to the Best Years community group in Palmerston North.. In Best Years Group, Palmerston North.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2014, October). Medicine, Health and Disease in Medieval England. In U3A, Palmerston North branch (100+ attendees).
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2013, May). Medicine and Health in Late Medieval England. This was a public lecture presented at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North, to tie in with their current exhibition on the human body.. In Public lecture presented at Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2012, September). Plague, poison and pollution in sixteenth-century Scotland.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2008, October). The value of EEBO (Early English Books Online) for my research. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2008, March). Plague in Tudor and Stuart England, 1558-1667. Presented at Palmerston North, New Zealand. : Manawatu History Teachers' Association.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2007, October). Plague, poison and pollution in sixteenth-century Scotland. Presented at University of Otago, Department of History, Dunedin.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2006, October). Vice or virtue? The tobacco controversy in seventeenth-century Britain. Presented at University of Auckland, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA. (2004). The politics of plague, disease, death and decision-making in Elizabethan England. Year 13 History Seminar
[Other]Authored by: Jillings, K.
Jillings, KA.Media interview: I was interviewed on National Radio (the Afternoon Show with Jim Mora) about the proposed Viking statue to be built in Dannevirke..
[Other]Authored by: Jillings, K.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 0 1

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Eva Amanda McVitty - PhD
    Treason, Manhood, and the English State. Shaping constitutional ideas and political subjects through the laws of treason, 1397-1424

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