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The Revd Dr Brendan Bradshaw (1937-2017)

last modified Jan 25, 2018 12:30 PM

The Faculty has been saddened to learn of the passing of our former colleague, the Revd Dr Brendan Bradshaw, in Ireland, on Sunday, 10 December 2017.

Brendan Bradshaw was born in Limerick City, studied at University College Dublin, and ordained as a Marist Father.  During his many years at Queens’ College, as a fellow and later life fellow, and as a lecturer in this Faculty, Dr Bradshaw made powerful contributions to the study of early modern Britain and Ireland that continue to shape our understanding of the period.  

His volume The British Problem c. 1534-1707: State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago (1996), co-edited with John Morrill, was a landmark moment in the development of a de-centred ‘three kingdoms’ approach to the study of Tudor and Stuart politics, located equally within the wider context created by the European Reformations. The book grew out of a third-year specified subject, which enthused cohorts of undergraduates and has inspired similar courses still taught at other major universities.

In his subsequent work British Consciousness and Identity: the making of Britain, 1533-1707 (1998), co-edited with Peter Roberts, he brought together historians and literary scholars to address the meaning of nationality itself within early modern political and intellectual culture.  

Dr Bradshaw’s seminal interventions the history of Irish nationalism were collected in his final book, ‘And so began the Irish Nation’: Nationality, National Consciousness and Nationalism in Pre-modern Ireland, published in 2015.  

His keen insight as a scholar and his kindly inspiration as a teacher will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 10 March. Further details are to be confirmed and will be on the Queens’ College website.

Professor Tim Harper

Faculty of History