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Dr Fiona McCall

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Biography

Dr Fiona McCall, D Phil (Oxon, 2008) is an early modern historian specialising in sixteenth and seventeenth-century religious and social history. Her work focuses on anti-clericalism, religious conflict, family and memory within parishes during and after the English Civil war and interregnum.  Her book on the experiences of loyalist clergy and their families during this period: Baal's Priests: the Loyalist Clergy and the English Revolution (Ashgate Press, April 2013) was commended by judges of the 2013 Samuel Pepys Prize.  She is a collaborator on a Leverhulme-funded project to produce a modern edition of Archbishop Matthew Parker’s 1561 survey of the Elizabethan clergy (Church of England Record Society, forthcoming).  She is also Departmental Lecturer in local and social history for the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education and a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. She has previously worked as a lecturer in early modern history at University of Reading and at Newman University, Birmingham for whom she taught modules on the British Civil Wars, Tudor Britain, Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe.

Research Interests

My current British Academy-funded research investigates religious conflict in English parishes during the period of Godly rule during the Commonwealth and Protectorate period, using quarter sessions and assize records for several counties, loyalist memories and other sources, with a particular interest in loyalist culture and  resistance in opposition, developing out of my previous research into the loyalist clergy ejected during and after the English Civil Wars. Recent published papers have looked at the on the accusations made by parliament against Leicestershire clergy during the Civil War, and at royalist satire against the interregnum church, using documents from the John Walker archive in Bodleian Library, which formed the basis of my earlier research. Other current areas of interest include women, violence and the challenge to patriarchy during and after the English Civil War, and the long-term effect and memory of Civil War trauma on the family and on society as a whole.  I am currently working on an edited collection for the RHS Historical Perspectives Series entitled Church and People in Interregnum Britain. I am also involved with work to produce a published version and a database of the Parker Certificates (detailed above).

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