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Department of History

Staff Profile

Professor Stephen Taylor

(email at s.j.c.taylor@durham.ac.uk)

Stephen Taylor is a specialist in the religious and political history of England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and his published work has touched on topics as diverse as the identity of Anglicanism, court culture, party politics, the circulation of news and libertinism. He is currently completing a project on the relationship between religion and politics during the whig supremacy (1714-60) and in the early stages of another on the problem of religious conformity during the English revolution. With Kenneth Fincham (Kent) and Arthur Burns (KCL) he has been, since 1999, one of the Directors of The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835, and with Philip Williamson and Natalie Mears (both Durham) he is one of the investigators on the AHRC-funded project on ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1540s-1940s'. He is the Academic Editor (Bibliography of British and Irish History) of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Editor of the Church of England Record Society.

Research Projects

  • British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings,1540s to 1940s
  • The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd)

Research Interests

  • Politics and religion in eighteenth-century England
  • Religious conformity in the English revolution
  • The Hanoverian monarchy and court culture, especially Caroline of Ansbach
  • The Church of England and Anglicanism from the 16th to the 19th century
  • The revolution of 1688
  • Newsletters and news culture in the later seventeenth century
  • John, Lord Hervey

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2012: Woodward and Bernstein Endowment Fellow, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin:
  • 2011: Visiting Fellow, Peterhouse, Cambridge:
  • 2009: Visiting Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC:
  • 2007: Pforzheimer Fellow, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin:
  • 2007: Visiting Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC:

Publications

Books: edited

Edited essays

  • 2013 (co-edited with Harris, Tim) The final crisis of the Stuart monarchy. The revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European contexts, The Boydell Press, 315 pp.
  • 2013 (co-edited with Tapsell, Grant) The nature of the English revolution revisited. Essays in honour of John Morrill, The Boydell Press, 296 pp.
  • 2010 (co-edited with Barber, Melanie) From the Reformation to the permissive society. A miscellany in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library, The Boydell Press, xii + 709 pp.
  • 2005 (co-edited with Wykes, David) Parliament and Dissent, 1689–1914, Edinburgh University Press, viii + 156 pp.
  • 2004 (co-edited with Smith, Mark) Evangelicalism in the Church of England c.1790–c.1890. A Miscellany, The Boydell Press, xii + 339 pp.
  • 2000 (co-edited with Parry, J. P.) Parliament and the Church, 1529–1960, Edinburgh University Press, viii + 193 pp.
  • 1999 From Cranmer to Davidson. A Church of England miscellany, The Boydell Press, x + 478 pp.
  • 1998 (co-edited with Richard Connors & Clyve Jones) Hanoverian Britain and Empire. Essays in memory of Philip Lawson, The Boydell Press, xxiv + 349 pp.
  • 1993 (co-edited with Walsh, John & Haydon, Colin) The Church of England c.1689 – c.1833. From Toleration to Tractarianism, Cambridge University Press, xii + 372 pp.

Essays in edited volumes

  • 2013 'State formation, political stability and the revolution of 1688', in Harris, Tim & Taylor, Stephen (eds.), The final crisis of the Stuart monarchy. The revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European contexts, The Boydell Press, pp. 273-304
  • 2013 (co-authored with Burns, Arthur & Fincham, Kenneth) 'The problems and potential of pouring old wine into new bottles: reflections on the Clergy of the Church of England Database 1999-2009 and beyond', in Hayes, Rosemary C.E. & Sheils, William J. (eds.), Clergy, church and society in England and Wales c.1200-1800, Borthwick Institute for Archives, pp. 45-60
  • 2013 (co-authored with Fincham, Kenneth) 'The restoration of the Church of England, 1660-1662: ordination, re-ordination and conformity', in Taylor, Stephen & Tapsell, Grant (eds.), The nature of the English revolution revisited. Essays in honour of John Morrill, Boydell Press, pp. 197-232
  • 2010 (co-authored with Fincham, Kenneth) 'Episcopalian conformity and nonconformity 1646–1660', in McElligott, Jason & Smith, David (eds.), Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum, Manchester University Press, pp. 18-43
  • 2010 'George III’s recovery from madness celebrated: precedent and innovation in the observance of royal celebrations and commemorations', in Stephen Taylor & Melanie Barber (eds.), From the Reformation to the permissive society. A miscellany in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library, Church of England Record Society, pp. 211-267
  • 2010 'The Bowman affair: latitudinarian theology, anti-clericalism and the limits of orthodoxy in early Hanoverian England', in Robert Cornwall & William Gibson (eds.), Religion, politics and dissent, 1660–1832. Essays in honour of James E. Bradley, Ashgate, pp. 35-50
  • 2010 'The restoration of the dean and canons in 1660', in Saul, Nigel & Tatton-Brown, Tim (eds.), St George’s Chapel, Windsor. History, architecture, furnishings. Essays in honour of Eileen Scarff, Dovecote Press, pp. 125-133, 244-245
  • 2009 'An English dissenter and the crisis of European protestantism: Roger Morrice’s perceptions of European politics in the 1680s', in Onnekink, David (ed.), War and religion in Europe 1648–1713, Ashgate, pp. 177-195
  • 2007 'The clergy at the courts of George I and George II', in Schaich, Michael (ed.), Monarchy and religion. The transformation of royal culture in eighteenth-century Europe, Oxford University Press, pp. 129-151
  • 2004 ''Sir Robert Walpole', 'Edmund Gibson (bishop of London)', 'Benjamin Hoadly (bishop of Winchester)', 'William Wake (archbishop of Canterbury)', 'Queen Caroline (of Ansbach)', and others', in (ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press.
  • 2004 'Un Etat confessionel? L’Eglise d’Angleterre, la constitution et la vie politique au XVIIIe siècle', in Alain Joblin & Jacques Sys (eds.), L’identité anglicane, Artois Presses Université, pp. 141-154
  • 2000 (co-authored with Parry, J. P.) 'Parliament and the Church of England from the Reformation to the twentieth century', in Taylor, Stephen & Parry, J. P. (eds.), Parliament and the Church, 1529–1960, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-13
  • 1999 'Bishop Edmund Gibson’s proposals for church reform', in Stephen Taylor (ed.), From Cranmer to Davidson. A Church of England miscellany, The Boydell Press, pp. 169-202
  • 1998 'Queen Caroline and the Church of England', in Stephen Taylor, Richard Connors & Clyve Jones (eds.), Hanoverian Britain and Empire. Essays in memory of Philip Lawson, The Boydell Press, pp. 82-101
  • 1995 '"Dr Codex" and the whig "pope": Edmund Gibson, bishop of Lincoln and London, 1716–48', in R.W. Davis (ed.), Lords of Parliament: studies 1714–1914, Stanford University Press, pp. 9-28, 183-191
  • 1995 'The government and the episcopate in mid-eighteenth-century England: the uses of patronage', in Charles Giry-Deloison & Roger Mettam (eds.), Patronages et clientélismes 1550–1750 (France, Angleterre, Espagne, Italie), Centre d’Histoire de la Région du Nord et de l’Europe de Nord-ouest and Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, pp. 191-205
  • 1993 (co-authored with John Walsh) 'The Church and Anglicanism in the “long” eighteenth century', in Walsh, John, Haydon, Colin & Taylor, Stephen (eds.), The Church of England c. 1689 – c. 1833. From Toleration to Tractarianism, Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-64
  • 1989 'The bishops at Westminster in the mid-eighteenth century', in Jones, Clyve (ed.), A pillar of the constitution: the House of Lords in British politics 1640–1784, Hambledon Press, pp. 137-163

Journal papers: academic

  • 2011 (co-authored with Kenneth Fincham) 'Vital statistics: episcopal ordination and ordinands in England, 1646–60', The English Historical Review CXXVI, pp. 319-344
  • 2009 (co-authored with Hannah Smith) 'Hephaestion and Alexander: Lord Hervey, Frederick, prince of Wales, and the royal favourite in England in the 1730s', English Historical Review CXXIV, pp. 283-312
  • 2000 'Whigs, tories and anticlericalism: ecclesiastical courts legislation in 1733', Parliamentary History 19, pp. 329-355
  • 1996 (co-authored with Clyve Jones) 'Viscount Bolingbroke and the composition of an opposition protest in the house of lords in 1734 on the election of the Scottish representative peers', Yale University Library Gazette LXXI, pp. 22-31
  • 1996 'Whigs, bishops and America: the politics of church reform in mid-eighteenth-century England', Historical Journal 36, pp. 331-356
  • 1994 'Plus ça change.? New perspectives on the revolution of 1688', Historical Journal 37, pp. 457-470
  • 1993 'Archbishop Potter and the dissenters', Yale University Library Gazette LXVII, pp. 118-126
  • 1992 '"The fac totum in ecclesiastic affairs"? The duke of Newcastle and the crown's ecclesiastical patronage', Albion 14, pp. 409-433
  • 1992 'William Warburton and the alliance of church and state', Journal of Ecclesiastical History XLIII, pp. 271-286
  • 1989 'British politics in the age of Holmes', Parliamentary History 8, pp. 132-141
  • 1988 'Church and society after the Glorious Revolution', Historical Journal XXXI, pp. 973-987
  • 1985 'Sir Robert Walpole, the Church of England and the Quakers Tithe Bill of 1736', Historical Journal 28, pp. 51-77

Other publications: research

Teaching Areas

  • British politics in the late seventeenth century
  • The British monarchy from 1660 to the present

Selected Grants

  • 2011: Marc Fitch Fund Special Project Grant, 'The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835'
  • 2008: British Academy Small Research Grant (SG-49286), 'The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835'
  • 2007: AHRC Research Grant (E007481/1), 'British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings 1540s to 1940s
  • 2004: AHRB Collaborative Doctoral Research Training Scheme, 'How to get published in the arts and humanities'
  • 2004: AHRB Resource Enhancement Scheme (B/RE/AN2904/APN19493), 'The Clergy of the Church of England Database, 1540-1835'
  • 1999: AHRB Research Grant (B/RG/AN2904/APN9246), 'The Clergy of the Church of England Database, 1540-1835'