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…

Khazaria and Russia in the Notitiae Episcopatuum

Alex Feldman is a final-year PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.  This essay is adapted from the presentation he recently gave at the Ecclesiastical History Society Postgraduate Conference at Newman University, Birmingham, on 7 March, 2018 Byzantium (the Christian Roman empire) and Russia are frequently thought…

Why the Church and the Law?

Professor Rosamond McKitterick is President of the Ecclesiastical History Society 2018-19. Here she explains her choice of theme for the annual Summer meeting 2018 and winter, selected papers from which will form the volume Studies in Church History 56.   My first paper at an international conference as a very young graduate student (and consequently…

The Church of England and Education for Surrey Girls, 1870 – 1914.

Catherine Freeman is a part time doctoral student at the University of Greenwich. She is looking at education and employment for girls in Surrey between 1870 and 1914 and the relationships with ideas of respectable femininity across classes. This piece focusses on some of her research into an industrial school for girls, the archives for…