Dr Carys Brown

Research Fellow, Trinity College
Before taking up my current position as a Research Fellow at Trinity College in 2019, I worked as a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project 'Faith in the Town: Lay Religion, Urbanisation and Industrialisation in England, 1740-1830' at the University of Manchester. My other roles have included Bye-Fellow in Study Skills at Girton College, Cambridge, and History teacher at Saffron Walden County High School. I hold a BA, PGCE, MPhil, and PhD from the University of Cambridge.
My primary research interests are in the social, cultural, and religious history of late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain, and in particular in the social history of religious tolerance and the education and upbringing of children.

I am currently working on a monograph entitled 'Friends, Neighbours, Sinners: Religious Difference and English Society, 1689-1750', which argues that religious difference was a formative principle of eighteenth-century English society. Focusing on how individuals and groups managed the tensions created by religious difference in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, a period of considerable religious and political tension, it shows how this influenced wider social and cultural developments across the period.

I am also working on a new project, entitled 'Children and Autonomy in Britain, 1660-1780', which will explore how changing ideas about conscience, and about the nature of childhood, affected the autonomy of children in their religious and family lives.
I teach on two Part I papers - Paper 4, 'British political history, 1485-1714, and Paper 9, 'British social and economic history, 1500-1750. I also teach Historical Argument and Practice at a college level.
I am a member of the AHRC-funded research network 'Anti-Catholicism in British history, 1520-1900', based at Newcastle University.
I welcome enquiries from prospective Part II students looking to undertake a dissertation on topics relating to the social, cultural, and religious history of the long eighteenth century.


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Key publications

'Politeness, hypocrisy, and Protestant Dissent in England after the Toleration Act, c. 1689 - c. 1750', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 41, 1, March 2018, pp. 61-80 (https://doi.org/10.1111/1754-0208.12521).

'Catholic politics and creating trust in eighteenth-century England', British Catholic History, Volume 33 / Issue 4, October 2017, pp. 622-644 (https://doi.org/10.1017/bch.2017.28).

'Militant Catholicism, inter-confessional relations, and the Rookwood Family of Stanningfield, Suffolk, c.1689-c.1737', The Historical Journal, Volume 60 / Issue 1, March 2017, pp. 21-45 (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X15000503).
Book Chapters
'Everyday anti-Catholicism in early eighteenth-century England' in Claire Gheeraert-Graffeuille and Geraldine Vaughan, eds., Anti-catholicism in Britain and Ireland, 1600-2000: Practices, Representations and Ideas (Palgrave, 2020) (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42882-2_4)
'Women and religious coexistence in England, c. 1689-c.1750' in Naomi Pullin and Kathryn Woods, eds., Negotiating Exclusion in the Early Modern England, 1550-1750 (Routledge, 2021) (https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429322631).
Edited Volumes
Marietta D.C. van der Tol, Carys Brown, John Adenitire, and Emily S. Kempson (eds.), From Toleration to Religious Freedom: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives (Peter Lang, forthcoming 2021).