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Department of Theology and Religion


Postdoctoral fellowship in English Catholic history

(25 September 2013)

Susan Royal has been appointed to the Mary Ward Research Assistantship in Early Modern English Catholicism

Susan Royal has been appointed to a 9-month postdoctoral fellowship, the Mary Ward Research Assistantship in Early Modern English Catholicism, generously part-funded by the Mary Ward Sisters (Congregation of Jesus) of the Bar Convent, York. Susan Royal completed her MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies here in Durham, and will soon submit her PhD thesis, also at Durham, under the direction of Alec Ryrie, on the reception of Lollardy in the long English Reformation. She has published essays on prophecy in John Bale’s writings and on the nonconformist tradition of conventicling in early modern England. Her research interests lie in the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Britain, and chiefly in the role that history played in the evolution of religious identity, including medievalism in the Tudor-Stuart era and the historical consciousness of nonconformists. With Dr James Kelly, she is co-editing a volume of essays stemming from the ‘What is Early Modern English Catholicism?’ conference held by the Centre for Catholic Studies last summer. Her work in this post will concentrate on the role of history in forming English Catholic identity.