Dr Paul Cavill
Senior lecturer in early modern British history
Fellow of Pembroke College
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 the administrative and legal records of central, local, and diocesan government.
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.1500–c.1800’ (third year). At postgraduate level, I serve 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 editorial board of the Historical Journal, the editorial board of the History of Parliament Trust, and the editorial committee of 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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