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Professor Mark Stoyle 

Professor of Early Modern History

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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: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’; ‘The World at One’; ‘The Long View’; ‘Making History’; ‘The Great British Story’, ‘Inside Out’; ‘Word of Mouth’ and ‘The Roots of English’. I am a former member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society and I currently sit 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 am currently one of the co-investigators on the major AHRC-funded research project ‘Conflict, Welfare and Memory, 1642-1700’, which explores the human cost of the English Civil Wars.

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.

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Book Chapters

Journal Special Issue



HIST1062 – Tudor Rebellions

HIST2003 – Power, Patronage and Politics in Early Modern England

HIST2220 – Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736

HIST3042 – From ‘Tyranny’ to ‘Revolution’: England, 1625-1649: Part 1

HIST3043 - From 'Tyranny' to 'Revolution': England, 1625-1649: Part 2

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.

Past PhD projects supervised:

Dr Alistair Dougall, The Devil’s Book: Charles I, the Book of Sports and Puritanism in Tudor and Stuart England (Exeter University Press, 2011).

Dr John Ellis, To Walk in the Dark: Military Intelligence during the English Civil War, 1642-46 (Stroud, 2011).

Dr Imogen Peck, ‘A Chronology of some Memorable Accidents: The Representation of the recent past in English Almanacs, 1648-60’, forthcoming in Historical Research.

Current PhD projects supervised:

Lewis Brennen, ‘The Politics of Witchcraft in Elizabethan and Jacobean England’.

Natalie Williams, ‘Border identities in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth- century Britain’.

Professor Mark Stoyle
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