Jonathan Baddley

PhD student in Early Modern History
Prior to beginning doctoral study at Cambridge, I earned an MTS in the History of Christianity at Harvard and an MA in Early Modern History at Vanderbilt.

My Ph.D. considers the role of spiritual preparation for the Lord's Supper in the push for the further reformation of the national church in Elizabethan and early Stuart England. I am especially keen to trace the social, cultural, and political implications of this aspect of the famous puritan 'practical divinity'. More broadly, I am interested in the interplay between affective theology, devotion, and socio-political engagement in Reformation and post-Reformation Europe. My research has been generously supported by the Sussex Record Society and the Faculty of History's Archbishop Cranmer Studentship.

•“The ‘common alliance’: duty to neighbour in Elizabethan and early Stuart puritanism,” Society for Reformation Studies, 30th Annual Conference, University of Cambridge. April 9, 2024.

•“The Rhetoric of Spiritual Kinship Among the Godly in Late Elizabethan and Early Stuart England,” Reformation Studies Colloquium, University of Liverpool. September 8, 2023.

•“Spiritual Kinship and the Puritans in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England,” University of Cambridge, Faculty of History, Workshop for the Early Modern Period. June 5, 2023.

•“Forming the Spiritual Family at the Table of the Lord,” Society for Reformation Studies, 29th Annual Conference, University of Cambridge. April 11, 2023.

•Invited Talk – “Preparation for the Lord’s Supper and the Origins of the Puritan ‘Practical Divinity’”, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Doctoral Colloquium. April 12, 2022.

•“‘Carrying on the Work of Reformation’: Lay Preparation for the Lord’s Supper in Early Stuart England,” LUMEN Center, Aarhus University, LUMEN Conference on Reformation and Everyday Life. May 31, 2021.

•“Exiled Amid the Exile of the National Church: The Experience of Church Discipline in Mid-Seventeenth Century England,” Society for Reformation Studies, 27th Annual Conference, University of Cambridge. April 7, 2021.


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Key publications


•“Puritanism, the Lord’s Supper, and Spiritual Kinship in Elizabethan and early Stuart England,” Church History (Cambridge University Press: forthcoming, June 2024).

•“Sacramental Devotion in Reformation and Post-Reformation England,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. John Barton (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2024).

•Exhibit Review – “Reformation: Dialogue and Identity,” The Sixteenth Century Journal 48, no. 4 (University of Chicago Press: Winter 2017): 978.

Reviews (Selected):

•Review of Church Life: Pastors, Congregations, and the Experience of Dissent in Seventeenth-Century England (eds. Michael Davies, Anne Dunan-Page, and Joel Halcomb) in Church History Review (Cambridge University Press: December 2022).

•Review of The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume 1: The Post-Reformation Era, 1559-1689 (ed. John Coffey) in Studies in Puritanism & Piety Journal (December 2021).

•Review of Nicholas Must, Preaching a Dual Identity: Huguenot Sermons and the Shaping of Confessional Identity, 1629-1685 in The Sixteenth Century Journal 50, no. 3 (University of Chicago Press: Autumn 2019): 853-855.

•Review of W. B. Patterson, Thomas Fuller: Discovering England’s Religious Past in Reading Religion, A publication of the American Academy of Religion (August 19, 2018).

•Review of W. Bradford Littlejohn, The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, The Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology in The Sixteenth Century Journal 49, no. 1 (University of Chicago Press: Spring 2018): 216-218.

•Review of Thomas Bator and Heidi Seely, The Boston Trustee: The Lives, Laws and Legacy of a Vital Institution in The New England Quarterly 90, no. 4 (MIT Press: December 2017): 628-630.