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Royalty and religion in the British Isles since 1689

A research project of the Department of History, part of the Early Modern research group.


Just as religion has always been important for the public position of the British monarchy, so the monarchy became important for the various churches and faiths of the British Isles. A monarchy closely bound to the Church of England attracted loyalty and admiration from communities with different religious persuasions, both Christian and non-Christian, eventually producing the modern ‘ecumenical’ monarchy. Investigating these relationships since the Toleration Act of 1689 opens fresh perspectives on the monarchy’s significance in British public life. This study is also timely, as the religious and Anglican features of the British constitution are increasingly questioned.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Royalty And Religion In The British Isles Since 1689 (£127569.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)


From the Department of History