The Problems of Privilege: Being Exempt in 13th Century England

Ross Kennedy is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Glasgow. He is supervised by Dr Jochen Schenk and Dr Stephen Marritt. At the Ecclesiastical History Society’s 2018 summer conference, I had the welcome opportunity of presenting on the topic of Templar Attorneys, a group of Templar brethren who were routinely…

Pity the poor prelate? The case of Thomas Bourchier

Des Atkinson is a PhD candidate in medieval history at the University of Exeter. One churchman whose reputation can only be described as dented is Thomas Bourchier, archbishop of Canterbury from 1454 until his death in 1486. Bourchier (born around 1411) came from a family with royal and aristocratic connections. As a consequence, he gained…

Achilli v. Newman: anti-Catholicism in court

On 24th June 1852, John Henry Newman, the great Catholic convert now being considered for sainthood by the Vatican, was found guilty of libel at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Westminster. In one of his lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England, delivered in Birmingham on 28th July 1850, Newman had accused…

Being a Dyslexic Academic

Phoebe Kearns is working on a PhD in Church History at the University of Winchester. There are a great number of challenges in being an academic, but for some people these are far greater than for most.  Like around 10% of the population, I face the difficulties associated with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a Specific Learning…

Introducing Nicholas Dixon

Unusually for a modern historian, most of my research revolves around two institutions with pre-modern origins: the Church of England and the British monarchy. Above all, I am interested in investigating how – sometimes individually, sometimes in tandem – these institutions have shaped British society as well as territories which were part of the British…

Introducing Conor O’Brien

Dr Conor O’Brien is Solway Fellow in the History of Christianity at the University of Durham and Associate Professor (Research) at the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies there The very first lecture I attended at university was on the conversion of Constantine. It was given by the late Jennifer O’Reilly at University College…

The Church and the Law, Cambridge 2018: First Impressions of the EHS

Tim Yung is a PhD candidate at the University of Hong Kong whose research concerns South China Anglican Identity in the early twentieth century.  He shared a paper on canons and constitutions in the South China Diocese at the the 2018 EHS Summer Conference. What do thirteenth century Templar attorneys and the Chinese Anglican Church’s…