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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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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)

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:

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

Teaching Areas

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

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Taylor, Stephen & Fincham, Kenneth (2017). Episcopalian Identity, 1640-1662. In The Oxford History of Anglicanism. I: Reformation and Identity c.1520-1662. Milton, Anthony Oxford University Press. 457-482.
  • Taylor, Stephen (2013). State formation, political stability and the revolution of 1688. In The final crisis of the Stuart monarchy. The revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European contexts. Harris, Tim & Taylor, Stephen The Boydell Press. 16: 273-304.
  • Taylor, Stephen, Burns, Arthur & Fincham, Kenneth (2013). 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 Clergy, church and society in England and Wales c.1200-1800. Hayes, Rosemary C.E. & Sheils, William J. Borthwick Institute for Archives. 41: 45-60.
  • Taylor, Stephen & Fincham, Kenneth (2013). The restoration of the Church of England, 1660-1662: ordination, re-ordination and conformity. In The nature of the English revolution revisited. Essays in honour of John Morrill. Taylor, Stephen & Tapsell, Grant Boydell Press. 197-232.
  • Fincham, Kenneth & Taylor, Stephen (2010). Episcopalian conformity and nonconformity 1646–1660. In Royalists and Royalism during the Interregnum. McElligott, Jason & Smith, David Manchester University Press. 18-43.
  • Stephen Taylor (2010). George III’s recovery from madness celebrated: precedent and innovation in the observance of royal celebrations and commemorations. In From the Reformation to the permissive society. A miscellany in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library. Stephen Taylor & Melanie Barber Church of England Record Society. 18: 211-267.
  • Stephen Taylor (2010). The Bowman affair: latitudinarian theology, anti-clericalism and the limits of orthodoxy in early Hanoverian England. In Religion, politics and dissent, 1660–1832. Essays in honour of James E. Bradley. Robert Cornwall & William Gibson Ashgate. 35-50.
  • Taylor, Stephen (2010). The restoration of the dean and canons in 1660. In St George’s Chapel, Windsor. History, architecture, furnishings. Essays in honour of Eileen Scarff. Saul, Nigel & Tatton-Brown, Tim Dovecote Press. 125-133, 244-245.
  • Taylor, Stephen (2009). An English dissenter and the crisis of European protestantism: Roger Morrice’s perceptions of European politics in the 1680s. In War and religion in Europe 1648–1713. Onnekink, David Ashgate. 177-195.
  • Taylor, Stephen (2007). The clergy at the courts of George I and George II. In Monarchy and religion. The transformation of royal culture in eighteenth-century Europe. Schaich, Michael Oxford University Press. 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 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. LVI, LVII, X, XXII, XXVII.
  • Stephen Taylor (2004). Un Etat confessionel? L’Eglise d’Angleterre, la constitution et la vie politique au XVIIIe siècle. In L’identité anglicane. Alain Joblin & Jacques Sys Artois Presses Université. 141-154.
  • Taylor, Stephen & Parry, J. P. (2000). Parliament and the Church of England from the Reformation to the twentieth century. In Parliament and the Church, 1529–1960. Taylor, Stephen & Parry, J. P. Edinburgh University Press. 1-13.
  • Stephen Taylor (1999). Bishop Edmund Gibson’s proposals for church reform. In From Cranmer to Davidson. A Church of England miscellany. Stephen Taylor The Boydell Press. 169-202.
  • Stephen Taylor (1998). Queen Caroline and the Church of England. In Hanoverian Britain and Empire. Essays in memory of Philip Lawson. Stephen Taylor, Richard Connors & Clyve Jones The Boydell Press. 82-101.
  • Stephen Taylor (1995). "Dr Codex" and the whig "pope": Edmund Gibson, bishop of Lincoln and London, 1716–48. In Lords of Parliament: studies 1714–1914. R.W. Davis Stanford University Press. 9-28, 183-191.
  • Stephen Taylor (1995). The government and the episcopate in mid-eighteenth-century England: the uses of patronage. In Patronages et clientélismes 1550–1750 (France, Angleterre, Espagne, Italie). Charles Giry-Deloison & Roger Mettam Centre d’Histoire de la Région du Nord et de l’Europe de Nord-ouest and Institut Français du Royaume-Uni. 191-205.
  • Taylor,Stephen & John Walsh (1993). The Church and Anglicanism in the “long” eighteenth century. In The Church of England c. 1689 – c. 1833. From Toleration to Tractarianism. Walsh, John, Haydon, Colin & Taylor, Stephen Cambridge University Press. 1-64.
  • Taylor, Stephen (1989). The bishops at Westminster in the mid-eighteenth century. In A pillar of the constitution: the House of Lords in British politics 1640–1784. Jones, Clyve Hambledon Press. 137-163.

Edited book

  • Mears, N, Alasdair Raffe, Williamson, P & Taylor, S (2013). National Prayers: Special Worship since the Reformation. Volume 1: Special Prayers, Fasts and Thanksgivings in the British Isles, 1533-1688. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Church of England Record Society.
  • Harris, Tim & Taylor, Stephen (2013). The final crisis of the Stuart monarchy. The revolutions of 1688-91 in their British, Atlantic and European contexts. Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor, Stephen & Tapsell, Grant (2013). The nature of the English revolution revisited. Essays in honour of John Morrill. Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor,Stephen & Barber, Melanie (2010). From the Reformation to the permissive society. A miscellany in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library. Church of England Record Society. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor, Stephen (2007). The Entring Book of Roger Morrice. Volume 4: 1687–1689. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor, Stephen & Wykes, David (2005). Parliament and Dissent, 1689–1914. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Taylor, Stephen & Smith, Mark (2004). Evangelicalism in the Church of England c.1790–c.1890. A Miscellany. Church of England Record Society. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor,Stephen & Parry, J. P. (2000). Parliament and the Church, 1529–1960. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Taylor, Stephen (1999). From Cranmer to Davidson. A Church of England miscellany. Church of England Record Society. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor,Stephen, Richard Connors & Clyve Jones (1998). Hanoverian Britain and Empire. Essays in memory of Philip Lawson. The Boydell Press.
  • Taylor,Stephen & Clyve Jones (1998). Tory and whig. The parliamentary papers of Edward Harley, 3rd earl of Oxford, and of William Hay, M.P. for Seaford, 1716–1753. Parliamentary History Record Series. The Boydell Press for the Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust.
  • Walsh, John, Taylor, Stephen & Haydon, Colin (1993). The Church of England c.1689 – c.1833. From Toleration to Tractarianism. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Article

  • Taylor, Stephen & Kenneth Fincham (2011). Vital statistics: episcopal ordination and ordinands in England, 1646–60. The English Historical Review CXXVI(519): 319-344.
  • Taylor,Stephen & Hannah Smith (2009). Hephaestion and Alexander: Lord Hervey, Frederick, prince of Wales, and the royal favourite in England in the 1730s. English Historical Review CXXIV(507): 283-312.
  • (2000). Whigs, tories and anticlericalism: ecclesiastical courts legislation in 1733. Parliamentary History 19(3): 329-355.
  • Taylor,Stephen & Clyve Jones (1996). 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: 22-31.
  • (1996). Whigs, bishops and America: the politics of church reform in mid-eighteenth-century England. Historical Journal 36: 331-356.
  • (1994). Plus ça change.? New perspectives on the revolution of 1688. Historical Journal 37(2): 457-470.
  • (1993). Archbishop Potter and the dissenters. Yale University Library Gazette LXVII(3-4): 118-126.
  • (1992). "The fac totum in ecclesiastic affairs"? The duke of Newcastle and the crown's ecclesiastical patronage. Albion 14: 409-433.
  • (1992). William Warburton and the alliance of church and state. Journal of Ecclesiastical History XLIII: 271-286.
  • (1989). British politics in the age of Holmes. Parliamentary History 8: 132-141.
  • (1988). Church and society after the Glorious Revolution. Historical Journal XXXI: 973-987.
  • Taylor, Stephen (1985). Sir Robert Walpole, the Church of England and the Quakers Tithe Bill of 1736. Historical Journal 28: 51-77.

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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Rethinking Reform 900-1150 - Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions (£1445.00 from Leverhulme Trust)
  • 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'

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