History

Mark Stoyle

Primary position:
Professor of Early Modern History
Other positions:
Internationalisation Officer, Dissertations Semester 1

Background

The University of Southampton

Having completed my undergraduate studies in History and Archaeology, I went on to undertake a DPhil thesis at St Peter’s College, Oxford. I then held a Scouloudi Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London and a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Exeter before being appointed to my present post at Southampton. I specialise in early modern British history, with particular research interests in the British crisis of the 1640s; witchcraft; urban society; and cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700. I have written a score of scholarly articles and seven monographs, including Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English War (Yale University Press, 2005); The Black Legend of Prince Rupert’s Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War (University of Exeter Press, 2011); and Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter (University of Exeter Press, 2014). I have also appeared on many local and national radio and TV programmes, including: ‘The World at One’; ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’; ‘Making History’; ‘The Great British Story: A People’s History’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Spotlight’; ‘Word of Mouth’ and ‘The Roots of English’. I sit on the Council of the Royal Historical Society, on the advisory board of the Victoria County History and on the editorial advisory panel of BBC History Magazine. In 2012, I received a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award in recognition of my outstanding contribution to education at the University of Southampton.

I have also been interviewed for many podcasts. To listen to a recent podcast on popular allegiance in the English Civil War, please click the following link:

http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/civil-war-trail

To listen to a recent podcast on the Western Rising of 1549, please click the following link:

http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/rebellion-and-terrorism

For further details about some of my books, please click on the following links:

Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English Civil War

http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300107005

The Black Legend of Prince Rupert’s Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

http://www.exeterpress.co.uk/en-gb/Book/536/The_Black_Legend_of_Prince_Rupert's_Dog.html

Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter

http://www.exeterpress.co.uk/en-gb/Book/548/Water_in_the_City.html

The Black Legend

The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

The Black Legend

Water in the City

Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter

Water in the City

West Britons

West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State

West Britons

Professor Mark Stoyle's photo

Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Stoyle, Mark (2013) History explorer: the civil war. BBC History Magazine, 80-83.
Stoyle, Mark (2011) No Christmas under Cromwell? BBC History Magazine, 12, (13), 20-25.
Stoyle, Mark (2011) The prince and the devil dog. BBC History Magazine, 12, (5), 22-26.
Stoyle, Mark (2011) 'Witchcraft in Exeter: the case of the widow Stone, 1619-20'. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, 40, (9), 259-262. (n/a).
Stoyle, Mark (2010) The execution of a witch in Elizabethan Exeter. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, 40, (7)
Stoyle, Mark (2009) Two new seventeenth-century witch-cases from Exeter. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, 40, (Part IV), 163-173.
Stoyle, Mark (2008) The road to Farndon Field: explaining the massacre of the royalist women at Naseby. English Historical Review, 123, (503), 895-923. (doi:10.1093/ehr/cen178).
Stoyle, Mark (2008) Afterlife of an army: the old Cornish regiments, 1643-44. Cornish Studies, 16, 26-47.
Stoyle, Mark (2000) The Gear Rout: the Cornish rising of 1648 and the second civil war. Albion: A Quarterly Journal Concerned with British Studies, 32, (1), 37-58. (doi:10.2307/4053986).
Stoyle, Mark (1996) Pagans or paragons? Images of the Cornish during the English Civil War. The English Historical Review, 111, (441), 299-323. (doi:10.1093/ehr/CXI.441.299).
Stoyle, Mark (1994) Whole streets converted to ashes: property destruction in Exeter during the English civil war. Southern History: A Review of the History of Southern England, 16, 67-84.

Book

Stoyle, Mark (2014) Water in the city: the aqueducts and underground passages of Exeter, Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 320pp.
Stoyle, Mark (2011) The black legend of Prince Rupert's dog: witchcraft and propaganda during the English civil war, Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 240pp.
Stoyle, Mark (2005) Soldiers and strangers: an ethnic history of the English Civil War, New Haven, USA : London, UK, Yale University Press, 320pp.
Stoyle, M.J. (2003) Circled with stone: Exeter's city walls 1485-1660, Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 231pp.
Stoyle, Mark (2003) Circled with stone: Exeter's city walls, 1485-1660, Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 280pp.
Stoyle, Mark (2002) West Britons: Cornish identities and the early modern British state, Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 288pp.
Stoyle, Mark (2001) Devon and the Civil War, Exeter, UK, Mint Press, 96pp. (Concise Histories of Devon).
Stoyle, Mark (ed.) (1996) From deliverance to destruction: Rebellion and civil war in an English city , Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 232pp. (Exeter Studies in History).
Stoyle, Mark (ed.) (1994) Loyalty and locality: Popular allegiance in Devon during the English civil war, Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 330pp.

Book Section

Stoyle, Mark (2014) His Majestie's sea service in the western parts: Maritime affairs in Cornwall during the English civil war. In, Payton, Philip, Doe, Helen and Kennerley, Alston (eds.) The Maritime History of Cornwall. Exeter, GB, University of Exeter Press, 106-115.
Stoyle, Mark (2004) Remembering the English civil war. In, Gray, Peter and Oliver, Kendrick (eds.) The Memory of Catastrophe. Manchester, UK, Manchester University Press, 19-30.
Stoyle, Mark (2000) Caricaturing Cymru: images of the Welsh in the London press, 1642-1646. In, Dunn, Diana (ed.) War and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Britain. Colloquium Liverpool, GB, Liverpool University Press, 162-179.
 

Research

Research Interests

My chief research specialism is in the history of the British Civil Wars of the mid-seventeenth century. I have written widely on this theme, and have also published books and articles on witchcraft, on Cornish and Welsh ethnic identity during the Tudor and Stuart periods, on massacre and atrocity during the 1640s, on urban fortification and on the early modern town. I am currently carrying out research into: a) the Western Rising of 1549 (the so-called ‘Prayer Book Rebellion'); and b) the role played by women in the English Civil War.

Teaching Responsibilities

Areas where I can offer postgraduate supervision:

Any area of early modern English and Welsh history between 1450 and 1660, especially on topics relating to the Civil Wars.

Contact

Professor Mark Stoyle
Building 65
Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2077

Telephone: (023) 8059 4860
Email: mjs@soton.ac.uk