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Professor Mark Goldie

Professor Mark Goldie

Professor of Intellectual History

Fellow of Churchill College

Churchill College
Cambridge CB3 0DS


Mark Goldie took his first degree from the University of Sussex and his PhD from Cambridge, where he became a college lecturer in 1979 and a university lecturer in 1993. He has been co-editor of the Historical Journal, chair of the Faculty of History, and Vice-Master of Churchill College, where he was also Director of Studies in History. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Subject groups/Research projects

Early Modern History:

Early modern British history

Political Thought and Intellectual History:

Departments and Institutes

Churchill College:

Research Interests

British intellectual, political, and religious history, c.1650-c.1800.

Principal current projects:

(Author) An intellectual biography of post-Revolutionary Locke, 1689-1704

(Author) Restoration Polities (collected essays)

(Editor) The Correspondence of John Locke, Vol. 9, Supplement

(Editor with Delphine Soulard) The Early Lives of John Locke

Research Supervision

30 doctoral students: 28 completed, 1 withdrew, 1 in progress. 14 published as monographs. 17 achieved PDFs/lectureships/chairs (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland).

Supervision: M Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History; M Phil in Early Modern History

Co-convenor, Early Modern British History research seminar

Doctoral students:

(1) Paul Chapman, ‘Jacobite Political Argument, 1714-1765’ (1984)

(2) Timothy Harris, ‘Politics of the London Crowd, 1660-1688' (1985); publ.: London Crowds in the Reign of Charles II (1987)

(3) John Hetet, ‘A Literary Underground in Restoration England, 1660-1689' (1987)

(4) Justin Champion, ‘The Ancient Constitution of the Christian Church: The Church of England and its Enemies, 1660-1730' (1988); publ.: Pillars of Priestcraft Shaken (1992)

(5) Craig Rose, ‘Politics, Religion, and Charity in Augustan London, 1680-1720' (1988)

(6) Simon Targett, ‘Sir Robert Walpole's Newspapers, 1720-1742: Propaganda and Politics in the Age of the Whig Supremacy' (1990)

(7) David Allan, ‘Virtue, Learning, and the Enlightened Historian: Historical Scholarship in Scotland, 1550-1790' (1990); publ.: Virtue, Learning and the Enlightened Historian (1993)

(8) John Coffey: ‘Samuel Rutherford (c.1600-1661) and the British Revolutions' (1994); publ.: Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions: The Mind of Samuel Rutherford (1997)

(9) Clare Jackson: ‘Royalist Politics, Religion and Ideas in Restoration Scotland, 1660-1689' (1998); publ.: Restoration Scotland, 1660-1690 (2003)

(10) Natasha Glaisyer: ‘The Culture of Commerce in England, 1660-1720' (1998); publ.: The Culture of Commerce in England, 1660-1720 (2006)

(11) Doron Zimmermann: ‘The Jacobite Movement in Scotland and in Exile, 1746-1759' (1998); publ.: The Jacobite Movement in Scotland and in Exile, 1746-1759 (2003)

(12) [Withdrew] Ming-Fang Hsieh: ‘English Episcopal Conciliarism, 1600-1625'

(13) Ruth Jordan: ‘Ideas of Authority in English Catholic Writing: The Blackloists, 1634-1688' (1999)

(14) Warren Johnston: ‘Apocalypticism in Restoration England' (2000); publ.: Revelation Restored: The Apocalypse in Later Seventeenth-Century England (2011)

(15) Geoffrey Kemp: ‘Ideas of Liberty of the Press, 1640-1700' (2000)

(16) Hannah Smith: ‘Georgian Monarchical Culture, 1714-1760' (2001); publ.: Georgian Monarchy: Politics and Culture in Britain, 1710-1760 (2006)

(17) Sami-Johani Savonius: ‘John Locke and the Civil Philosophy of the Bibliothecaires, 1688-1702' (2002)

(18) Andrew Starkie: ‘The Bangorian Controversy, 1715-1720' (2002); publ.: The Birth of the Modern Church of England: the Bangorian Controversy, 1716-1721 (2007)

(19) Gabriel Glickman, ‘Politics, Culture, and Ideology in the English Catholic Community, 1688-1727' (2005); publ.: The English Catholic Community, 1688-1745 (2009)

(20) Susannah Randall, ‘The English Newspaper Press, 1678-1685' (2006)

(21) Sarah Irving, ‘Natural Philosophy and the Origins of the British Empire’ (2007); publ.: Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire (2008)

(22) Gareth Walker, ‘Religion and Political Culture in London, 1678-1700' (2007)

(23) Jacqueline Rose, ‘Concepts of Royal Ecclesiastical Supremacy in England, 1660-1689' (2007); publ.: Godly Kingship in Restoration England (2011)

(24) David Manning, ‘Blasphemy in England, 1660-1720' (2008)

(25) Homyar Pahlan, ‘The Reception of John Locke’s Moral and Religious Thought, 1690-1710' (2008)

(26) Dmitri Levitin, ‘Histories of Philosophy in England, c.1650-c.1710' (2011); Lecturer, Edinburgh

(27) Gabriel Martindale, ‘The Anglican Encounter with Roman Catholicism, 1660-1688’ (2013)

(28) Michael Riordan, ‘Mysticism and Prophecy in Scotland in the Long Eighteenth Century’ (2014)

(29) Ralph Stephens, ‘Anglican Responses to the Toleration Act, 1689-1714’ (2014)

(30) Ashley Walsh, ‘Civil Religion in Whig Political Thought, 1688-1787’ (in progress)


Principal fields of undergraduate lecturing

Part I, Paper 19: History of Political Thought, to 1700

Part I, Paper 4: British Political History, 1485-1715

Part II, Special Subject: ‘James II and the British Revolution’ (1993-7)

Part II, Special Subject: ‘Locke’s Politics’ (2008-13)

Part II, Specified Subject: ‘Governance and Community, 1550-1800’ (2000-5)

Part II, Specified Subject: ‘Print Culture in Early Modern England’ (2015-)

Other Professional Activities

The Roger Morrice Entring Book project

This collaborative project brought together leading historians of Restoration England to edit and publish the largest surviving record of British public life during the 1680s, the ‘Entring Book’ of Roger Morrice, the manuscript of which resides at Dr Williams’s Library, London. The editorial team comprised Tim Harris (Brown), Mark Goldie (Cambridge), Mark Knights (East Anglia, now Warwick), John Spurr (Swansea), and Stephen Taylor (Reading, now Durham), together with research associates Frances Henderson, Jason McElligott, and Kate Loveman. The Entring Book was published in six volumes in 2007, and an associated volume, Fear, Exclusion, and Revolution: Roger Morrice and Britain in the 1680s, appeared in 2006.

Editorships and related                                                                                                                                         

General editor, The Entring Book of Roger Morrice, 1996-2006

Co-editor, The Historical Journal, 1997-2001

Editorial Board, The Historical Journal, 1995-

Editorial Board, History of Political Thought, 1998-

Editorial Board, Eighteenth-Century Thought, 2002-

Editorial Board, Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke, 1998-

Advisory Board, Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, 2002-

Advisory Editor, Letters of Viscount Bolingbroke, 2007-13

Advisory Board, Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, 2004-

International Board, St Andrew’s Institute for Intellectual History, 2014-

International Assessor (History and Political Theory), Finnish Academy, 2010-

Associate Editor, Royal Historical Society, British Bibliography Project, 1991-5

Associate Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 1998-2004

Key Publications

Publications: books                                                                                                                                                        

(1) (Editor, with Tim Harris and Paul Seaward): The Politics of Religion in Restoration England (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990).

(2) (Editor, with J. H. Burns): The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700 (Cambridge UP, 1991). Pb edn, 1994. French edn: Histoire de la pensée politique moderne, 1450-1700 (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1996).

(3) (Editor): John Locke: Two Treatises of Government (London: Dent, Everyman Library; and Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle, 1993). Pb. Reprinted ten times, 1994-2006. Introduction partly repr. in Paul E. Sigmund, ed., The Selected Political Writings of John Locke: Texts, Sources, Interpretations (New York: W. W. Norton, 2005).

(4) (Editor): John Locke: Political Essays (Cambridge UP: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, 1997). Hb & Pb. Spanish edn (2002), Chinese edn (2003); Japanese edn (2007); Portuguese edn (2007).

(5) (Editor): The Reception of Locke’s Politics, 6 vols. (London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999).

(6) (Editor): John Locke: Selected Correspondence (Oxford UP, 2002). Pb edn, 2007.

(7) (Editor, with Robert Wokler): The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought (Cambridge UP, 2006). Pb edn.

(8) (General Editor): The Entring Book of Roger Morrice, 1677-1691, 6 vols. (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007). 7th (Index) volume, 2009.

(9) (Author): Roger Morrice and the Puritan Whigs (vol. 1 of the preceding).

(10) (Editor, with Geoffrey Kemp): Censorship of the Press, 1696-1720 (Vol. 4 of Censorship of the Press, 1580-1720, gen. eds Cyndia Clegg, Geoffrey Kemp, and Jason McElligott) (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009).

(11) (Editor): John Locke: A Letter Concerning Toleration and Other Writings (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2010). Hb & Pb.

(in press) (Editor, with Justin Champion): Thomas Hobbes: On Heresy and Church History (Oxford UP: Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes).

Other Publications

 Publications: articles in journals, chapters in books, pamphlets                                                                                

Asterisked items will be reprinted in Restoration Polities (Woodbridge: Boydell).

(1) ‘Edmund Bohun and Jus Gentium in the Revolution Debate, 1689-1693’, Historical Journal, 20 (1977), pp. 569-86.

(2) ‘The Principles and Practice of Eighteenth-century Party’, Historical Journal, 22 (1979), pp. 239-46. [Review article, with Linda Colley.]

*(3) ‘The Roots of True Whiggism, 1688-1694’, History of Political Thought, 1 (1980), pp. 195-236.

(4) ‘The Revolution of 1689 and the Structure of Political Argument’, Bulletin of Research in the Humanities, 83 (1980), pp. 473-564.

(5) ‘The Nonjurors, Episcopacy, and the Origins of the Convocation Controversy’, in Eveline Cruickshanks, ed., Ideology and Conspiracy: Aspects of Jacobitism, 1689-1759 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 1982), pp. 15-35.

(6) ‘John Locke’, in Martin Greschat, ed., Die Aufklarung (Gestalten der Kirchengeschichte, vol. 8) (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1983), pp. 105-19.

*(7) ‘John Locke and Anglican Royalism’, Political Studies, 31 (1983), pp. 61-85. Repr. (i) Richard Ashcraft, ed., John Locke: Critical Assessments, 4 vols. (London: Routledge, 1991), vol. 1, pp. 151-80. Repr. (ii) J. R. Milton, ed., Locke’s Moral, Philosophical and Legal Philosophy (Aldershot: Ashgate, 1999), pp. 61-85.

(8) ‘Obligations, Utopias and their Historical Context’, Historical Journal, 26 (1983), pp. 727-46. [Review article.]

*(9) ‘Sir Peter Pett, Sceptical Toryism and the Science of Toleration in the 1680s’, in W. J. Sheils, ed., Persecution and Toleration (Studies in Church History, vol. 21; Oxford: Blackwell, 1984), pp. 247-73.

(10) ‘Absolutismus, Parlamentarismus und Revolution in England’, in Iring Fetscher and Herfried Munkler, eds., Neuzeit: Von den Konfessions-kriegen bis zur Aufklarung (Pipers Handbuch der Politischen Ideen, vol. 3) (Munich: Piper, 1985), pp. 275-352.

(11) ‘Restoration and the Rise of Party’ in Lesley Smith, ed., The Age of Expansion (The Making of Britain, vol. 3) (London: Macmillan/London Weekend Television, 1986), pp. 75-87. [Broadcast, Channel Four, 1986]

(12) ‘The Civil Religion of James Harrington’, in Anthony Pagden, ed., The Languages of Political Theory in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge UP, 1987), pp. 197-222. Pb, 1990.

(13) ‘The Huguenot Experience and the Problem of Toleration in Restoration England’, in C. E. J. Caldicott, H. Gough and J-P. Pittion, eds., The Huguenots and Ireland (Dublin: Glendale Press, 1987), pp. 175-203.

(14) ‘Ideology’, in Terence Ball, James Farr, and Russell Hanson, eds., Political Innovation and Conceptual Change (Cambridge UP, 1989), pp. 266-91. Pb, 1991.

*(15) ‘Danby, the Bishops and the Whigs’, in Tim Harris, Paul Seaward and Mark Goldie, eds., The Politics of Religion in Restoration England (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990), pp. 75-105.

(16) ‘The Scottish Catholic Enlightenment’, Journal of British Studies, 30 (1991), pp. 20-62.

*(17) ‘The Political Thought of the Anglican Revolution’, in Robert Beddard, ed., The Revolutions of 1688 (Oxford UP, 1991), pp. 102-36. [Andrew Browning Memorial Lecture, Oxford, 1988.]

*(18) ‘The Theory of Religious Intolerance in Restoration England’, in Ole Peter Grell, Jonathan I. Israel and Nicholas Tyacke, eds., From Persecution to Toleration: the Glorious Revolution and Religion in England (Oxford: Clarendon, 1991), pp. 331-68. Repr. Peter Anstey, ed., John Locke: Critical Assessments, 4 vols (London: Routledge, 2006), vol. 4, pp. 102-32.

*(19) ‘The Reception of Hobbes’, in J. H. Burns and Mark Goldie, eds., The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700 (Cambridge UP, 1991), pp. 589-615. French edn, 1996. Pb, 1994.

(20) ‘The Earliest Notice of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas’, Early Music, 20 (1992), pp. 392-400.

*(21) ‘John Locke’s Circle and James II’, Historical Journal, 35 (1992), pp. 557-86. Repr. Peter Anstey, ed., John Locke: Critical Assessments, 4 vols (London, Routledge, 2006), vol. 4, pp. 26-58.

(22) ‘Common Sense Philosophy and Catholic Theology in the Scottish Enlightenment’, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 302 (1992), pp. 281-320.

(23) ‘James II and the Dissenters’ Revenge: the Commission of Enquiry of 1688’, Historical Research, 66 (1993), pp. 53-88.

*(24) ‘Priestcraft and the Birth of Whiggism’, in Nicholas Phillipson and Quentin Skinner, eds., Political Discourse in Early Modern Britain (Cambridge UP, 1993), pp. 209-31. [Festschrift for J. G. A. Pocock.]

(25) ‘Civil Religion in the English Enlightenment’, in Gordon Schochet, ed., Politics, Politeness and Patriotism, Proceedings of the Folger Institute Center for the History of Political Thought, vol. 5 (Washington, DC, 1993), pp. 31-45.

(26) ‘John Locke, Jonas Proast, and Religious Toleration, 1688-1692', in John Walsh, Colin Haydon and Stephen Taylor, eds., The Church of England, c.1689-c.1833: From Toleration to Tractarianism (Cambridge UP, 1993), pp. 143-71. Repr. 1995; pb, 2002.

(27) ‘Politics and the Restoration Parish: Edward Fowler and the Struggle for St Giles Cripplegate’ [with John Spurr], English Historical Review, 103 (1994), pp. 572-96.

(28) ‘J. N. Figgis and the History of Political Thought in Cambridge’, in Richard Mason, ed., Cambridge Minds (Cambridge UP, 1994), pp. 177-92. Hb & Pb. Repr. 1995, 1998, 2002.

(29) ‘Thomas Erle’s Instructions for the Revolution Parliament, December 1688’, Parliamentary History, 14 (1995), pp. 337-47.

(30) ‘Joshua Basset, Popery and Revolution’, in Derek Beales and Barry Nisbet, eds., Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge: Historical Essays (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1996), pp. 111-30.

*(31) ‘Contextualising Dryden’s Absalom: William Lawrence, the Law of Marriage, and the Case for King Monmouth’, in Donna Hamilton and Richard Strier, eds., Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688 (Cambridge UP, 1996), pp. 208-30.

(32) ‘The Search for Religious Liberty, 1640-1690’, in John Morrill, ed., The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain (Oxford UP, 1996), pp. 293-309. Pb, 2000.

(33) ‘Divergence and Union: Scotland and England, 1660-1707’, in Brendan Bradshaw and John Morrill, eds., The British Problem, c.1534-1707 (London: Macmillan, 1996), pp. 220-45. Hb & Pb.

*(34) ‘Restoration Political Thought’, in Lionel K. J. Glassey, ed., The Reigns of Charles II and James VII and II (London: Macmillan, 1997), pp. 12-35. Hb & Pb.

(35) ‘The Hilton Gang and the Purge of London in the 1680s’, in Howard Nenner, ed., Politics and the Political Imagination in Later Stuart Britain: Essays Presented to Lois G. Schwoerer (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 1998), pp. 43-73. Abr. version: History Today, 47 (Oct. 1997), pp. 26-32.

(36) ‘The Earliest Attack on Locke’s Two Treatises of Government’, Locke Newsletter, 30 (1999), pp. 73-84.

(37) ‘The Unacknowledged Republic: Officeholding in Early Modern England’, in Tim Harris, ed., The Politics of the Excluded, c.1500-1850 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 153-94. Hb & Pb.

(38) ‘Roger Morrice and his Entring Book’, History Today, 51 (Nov. 2001), pp. 31-44.

(39) ‘Voluntary Anglicans’, Historical Journal, 46 (2003), pp. 977-90. [Review article.]

(40) John Locke and the Mashams at Oates (privately pr., High Laver, Essex, 2004), pp. 44.

(41) ‘Roger Morrice and the History of Puritanism’, in William Gibson and Robert Ingram, eds., Religious Identities in Britain, 1660-1832 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), pp. 9-26.

(42) ‘The English System of Liberty’, in Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler, eds., The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought (Cambridge UP, 2006), pp. 40-78.

(43) ‘Scepticism, Priestcraft, and Toleration’, in Mark Goldie and Robert Wokler, eds., The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought (Cambridge UP, 2006), pp. 79-109. [With Richard Popkin.]

(44) ‘The Context of The Foundations’, in Annabel Brett, James Tully, and Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, eds., Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Cambridge UP, 2006), pp. 3-19. Hb & Pb. [Festschrift for Quentin Skinner.]

(45) ‘Williamite Tyranny and the Whig Jacobites’, in Esther Mijers and David Onnekink, eds. Redefining William III: The Impact of the King-Stadholder in International Context (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 177-99. [With Clare Jackson.]

(46) ‘Mary Astell and John Locke’, in William Kolbrener and Michal Michelson, eds., Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 65-85.

(47) ‘The Early Lives of John Locke’, Eighteenth-Century Thought, 3 (2007), pp. 57-87.

(48) ‘Roger L’Estrange’s Observator and the Exorcism of the Plot’, in Anne Dunan Page and Beth Lynch, eds., Roger L’Estrange and the Making of Restoration Culture (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), pp. 67-88.

(49) ‘Toleration and the Godly Prince in Restoration England’, in John Morrill and Jonathan Scott, eds., Liberty, Authority, and Formality: Political Ideas and Culture, 1600-1900 (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2008), pp. 45-65. [Festschrift for Colin Davis.]

(50) ‘John Locke, Thomas Beconsall, and Filial Rebellion’, in Sarah Hutton and Paul Schuurman, eds., Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries, and Legacy (Dordrecht: Springer, 2008), pp. 127-42. [Festschrift for John Rogers.]

(51) ‘Fifty Years of the Historical Journal’, Historical Journal, 51 (2008), pp. 821-55.

(52) A Darker Shade of Pepys: The Entring Book of Roger Morrice. Dr Williams’s Library, 61st Annual Lecture (London: Dr Williams’s Library, 2009). Pp. 32.

(53) ‘The Present State of Locke Biography’, Eighteenth-Century Thought, 4 (2009), pp. 373-96. [Review essay.]

(54) ‘The Entring Book of Roger Morrice’, Proceedings of the Huguenot Society, 29 (2009), pp. 157-67.

(55) ‘Alexander Geddes at the Limits of the Catholic Enlightenment’, Historical Journal, 53 (2010), pp. 61-86. Repr. Jeffrey Burson and Ulrich Lehner, eds., Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe (Notre Dame UP, 2014).

(56) ‘The Life of John Locke’, in Sami-Juhani Savonius-Wroth, Paul Schuurman, and Jonathan Walmsley, eds., The Continuum Companion to Locke (London: Continuum, 2010), pp. 1-46. Repr. in idem, eds., The Bloomsbury Companion to Locke (2014).

(57) ‘Situating Swift’s Politics in 1701', in Claude Rawson, ed., Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift (Cambridge UP, 2010), pp.31-51. Pb, 2013.

*(58) ‘Annual Parliaments and Aristocratic Whiggism’, in John Spurr, ed., Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury, 1621-1683 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 77-100.

(59) ‘Absolutism’, in George Klosko, ed., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy (Oxford UP, 2011), pp. 282-95. Pb., 2013.

(60) ‘The Damning of King Monmouth: Pulpit Toryism in the Reign of James II’, in Tim Harris and Stephen Taylor, eds., The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy: the Revolutions of 1688-1691 and their British, Atlantic, and European Contexts (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2013), pp. 33-55.

(in press) ‘Locke’s Life’, in Matthew Stuart, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Locke (Oxford: Blackwell, 2014).

(in press) ‘Locke and America’, in Matthew Stuart, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Locke (Oxford: Blackwell, 2014).

 Publications: for Churchill College

 (1) Corbusier Comes to Cambridge: Post-War Architecture and the Competition to Build Churchill College (2007), pp. 48. 2nd edn, 2012, pp. 74.

 (2) Churchill College, Cambridge: The Guide (2009), pp. 80.