Mark Stoyle

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


The University of 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.  My most recent book is: ‘The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War' (University of Exeter Press, 2011).  I have appeared on many radio and TV programmes, including ‘Who Do You Think You Are?', ‘The Great British Story: A People's History', ‘Inside Out', ‘Making History', ‘Word of Mouth' and ‘The Roots of English'.  In 2012, I received a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award in recognition of my contribution to education at Southampton.

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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 (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 (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 (2013) 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. (In Press).
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.


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.


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

Room Number: 65/2077

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