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Department of Theology and Religion


Dr Susan Royal

Assistant Professor of Reformation Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41660
Room number: Dun Cow Cottage 205

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I research the intellectual and religious culture of early modern Britain, specializing in the emergence and evolution of confessional identity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. My PhD thesis, which I am currently developing into a monograph, investigated the afterlife of the late medieval heretics known as lollards in English religious writing from 1500-1700. It details the ways evangelicals and Protestants such as William Tyndale, John Bale, and especially John Foxe, appropriated and moulded the legacy of the lollard heresy in their polemical and historical works and how, in turn, this legacy was extended and complicated by conformists, puritans, separatists, and sectarian groups such as the Quakers. My wider research interests are in early modern historical writing; Reformation-era martyrdom; Protestant, puritan and separatist ecclesiology; toleration; and the notion of heresy in late medieval and early modern Europe.

Before joining the department as Lecturer in Reformation Studies, I was fixed term Lecturer in Early Modern British History at the University of York. Prior to that, I was the Mary Ward Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University, where I also completed my PhD with the support of a Durham Doctoral Studentship.

I currently serve as the Membership Secretary for the Church of England Record Society and am on the Executive Committee for the Ecclesiastical History Society.


Chapter in book

  • Royal, Susan (Forthcoming). English Catholics and English Heretics: The Lollards and Anti-Heresy Writing in Early Modern England. In Early Modern English Catholicism: Identity, Memory and Counter-Reformation, c. 1570–1800. Kelly, James E. & Royal, Susan Ashgate.
  • Royal, Susan (Forthcoming). The Influence of Exile on the Theology of John Foxe. In England and Northeastern France: Religious Interaction from the Reformation to the Enlightenment. Bandry, Anne & Chardin, Jean-Jacques Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg.
  • Royal, Susan (2014). Reforming Household Piety: John Foxe and the Lollard Conventicle Tradition. In The Church and the Household. Doran, John & Methuen, Charlotte Boydell Press. 50.
  • Royal, Susan (2013). Historian or Prophet? John Bale's Perception of the Past?. In The Church on its Past. Clarke, Peter D. & Methuen, Charlotte Boydell Press. 49: 156-167.

Edited book

  • Kelly, James E. & Royal, Susan (Forthcoming). Early Modern English Catholicism: Identity, Memory and Counter-Reformation, c. 1570–1800. Catholic Christendom, 1300-1700. Ashgate.

Journal Article