Dr Paul Cavill

Senior lecturer in early modern British history
Fellow of Pembroke College
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Dr Paul Cavill
I grew up in the London suburb of Wimbledon and then studied at Oxford University. I was an undergraduate and postgraduate at Corpus Christi College and a junior research fellow at Merton College. I then held lectureships at Bangor University and the University of Leeds, before joining the Faculty in 2013.
I study the political and ecclesiastical history of early modern England, concentrating on the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. My research focuses on governance and the constitution, principally in the context of the Wars of the Roses and of the Break with Rome. I have a particular interest in the history of parliament. Much of my scholarship is based on analysing different kinds of legislation. I work mostly with manuscript sources and specialise in legal records.
For undergraduates, I teach the outline paper on ‘Early modern Britain’ (first year), topic papers on ‘Crown and parliaments under the Tudors and Stuarts’ and on ‘The British Reformations and their discontents’ (second year), and the advanced topic paper on ‘The “rule of law” in early modern Britain: state power, criminal justice, and civil liberties, c.1500c.1800’ (third year). At postgraduate level, I act as director of the M.Phil. in Early Modern History. I am also one of the convenors of the Early Modern British and Irish History research seminar series.
I serve on the council of the Church of England Record Society, the advisory group of the Fifteenth Century Conference, the editorial board of the Historical Journal, the editorial board of the History of Parliament Trust, and the editorial committee of the journal Parliamentary History.
I supervise Master's and doctoral research on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century English political and religious history. Anyone interested in undertaking postgraduate research in my field is welcome to contact me ahead of submitting a formal application.

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Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RF

Email
pc504@cam.ac.uk
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Publications

‘The business of the southern convocation in 1462’, in Linda Clark (ed.), The Fifteenth Century XIX: Enmity and Amity (2022), pp. 137–47.
 
‘The first readers of Lyndwood’s Provinciale’, Ecclesiastical Law Journal 24 (2022), pp. 2–13. (Open access)
 
‘A.F. Pollard’, Parliamentary History 40 (2021), pp. 45–58.
 
‘Mortuary dues in early sixteenth-century England’, Continuity and Change 36 (2021), pp. 285–308. (Open access)
 
‘Perjury in early Tudor England’, in Rosamond McKitterick et al. (eds), The Church and the Law, Studies in Church History 56 (2020), pp. 182–209. (Open access)
 
‘Church, state, and Corpus: the founder’s years’, in John Watts (ed.), Renaissance College: Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in Context, 1450–1600, History of Universities 32 (2019), pp. 40–58.
 
 
‘Polydore Vergil and the first English parliament’, ibid., pp. 37–59.
 
‘Preaching on Magna Carta at the end of the fifteenth century: John Alcock’s sermon at Paul’s Cross’, in Linda Clark (ed.), The Fifteenth Century XV: Writing, Records and Rhetoric (2017), pp. 169–89.

‘Anticlericalism and the early Tudor parliament’, Parliamentary History 34 (2015), pp. 14–29.
 
‘The Essex inquisitions of 1556: the Colchester certificate’, Historical Research 87 (2014), pp. 751–63.

‘The Grebills of Benenden, the prior of Leeds, and the heresy trials of 1511’, Archaeologia Cantiana 134 (2014), pp. 283–92.
 
‘Heresy, law and the state: forfeiture in late medieval and early modern England’, English Historical Review 129 (2014), pp. 270–95.

‘Heresy and forfeiture in Marian England’, Historical Journal 56 (2013), pp. 879–907.
 
‘A Lollard of Coventry: a source on Robert Silkby’, Midland History 38 (2013), pp. 226–31.
 
‘A perspective on the church–state confrontation of 1515: the passage of 4 Henry VIII, c. 2’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (2012), pp. 655–70.

‘“The enemy of God and His Church”: James Hobart, praemunire, and the clergy of Norwich diocese’, Journal of Legal History 32 (2011), pp. 127–50.
 
‘The enforcement of the penal statutes in the 1490s: some new evidence’, Historical Research 82 (2009), pp. 482–92.
 
The English Parliaments of Henry VII, 1485–1504 (2009).
 
‘The debased coinage of 1492’, British Numismatic Journal 77 (2007), pp. 283–6.

‘Debate and dissent in Henry VII’s parliaments’, Parliamentary History 25 (2006), pp. 160–75.

‘The problem of labour and the parliament of 1495’, in Linda Clark (ed.), The Fifteenth Century V: Of Mice and Men: Image, Belief and Regulation in Late Medieval England (2005), pp. 143–55.