Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas
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I currently teach in the History Department,
Royal Holloway Staff Cricket Team:
Double Victors 2003-2004 League and Cup
This academic year (2001-2002) I will be teaching a number of courses at undergraduate level. I am course leader for the Foundation Course History and Meanings which will be delivered in Term 2. I also teach the Gateway Course HS1107 Republics, kings and people: the foundations of European political thought from Plato to Rousseau. For access to this course please click Republics
My final year special subject is Blasphemy and Irreligion in the Early English Enlightenment, c1650-1720, for details see Group3 . For a sample of some of the sorts of material we may discuss visit this audio clip from my participation in the Radio4 programme The routes of English Swearing
John Toland Nazarenus and other
(The Voltaire Foundation, 1999)
John Toland (1670-1722) was a central figure
of the radical republic of letters that challenged the shibboleths of ancien
regime discourses of monarchy and church in the early decades of the eighteenth
century. A learned man tutored in four different universities Toland was
intimate with leading political figures both in
My most recent book is
learning. John Toland and the crisis of Christian Culture, 1696-1722 (
volume explores the life, thought and political commitments of the free-thinker
John Toland (1670-1722). Studying both his private archive and published works,
it illustrates how Toland moved in both subversive and elite political circles
apocrypha (Early Church Fathers)
barnabas (The Gospel of Barnabas online)
Renaissance Forum (Early Modern Electronic Journal)
BL MSS Catalogue
Marsh's Library Dublin
Gallica on-line texts from BN Paris
The Voynich Manuscript
There are a number of
research students working under my direction: Craig
Spence is completing a cultural and material study of 'accidents' in
late seventeenth century
*The Pillars of Priestcraft Shaken: the Church of England and Its Enemies 1660-1730 (CUP, 1992)
'Impostors, Legislators and Republicans: the English Context of treatise on imposture
in the late seventeenth century' in S. Bert, F. Charles-Daubert, R.H. Popkin (eds)
Irreligion in Early Modern
'Relational Databases and the Great Plague 1665' History and Computing 5 (1993) pp2-12
(ed) Epidemics in
This volume is now available as a web publication at http://www.ihrinfo.ac.uk/cmh/epipre.html
Epidemics and the Built
environment in Stuart London' in Epidemics in
Black Death to Cholera (ed) J.A.I. Champion (1993) pp35-53.
Online publication at http://www.ihrinfo.ac.uk/ihr/Focus/Medical/epichamp.html
revolution 1649-1789' Europa. Revue d'Histoire 0 (1993) pp73-93
after the Restoration'
'Bibliography and Irreligion: Richard Smith's Observations' The Seventeenth Century 10 (1995) pp77-99.
'Philosophy, State and Government 1560-1750' 14 Parliamentary History (1995) pp187-198
'A Careful and intent Reader: A review of J.Marshall Locke. Religion,
Resistance and responsibility' The Locke Newsletter (1995) pp110-19
'John Toland: the Politics of Pantheism' Revue d'Synthese 116 (1995)
'Deism' in R.H. Popkin The
(Columbia University Press, 1998) pp.437-445
'Law and the Conscience in seventeenth Century England' in J.P.S. McLaren,
H.Coward (eds) Law the State and Religious Conscience
(State University of New York, 1998) pp13-28.
'Apocrypha, Canon and Criticism from Samuel Fisher to John Toland 1660-1718'
in A.P. Coudert, S.Hutton, R.H. Popkin, G.M Weiner (eds) Judaeo-Christian
Intellectual Culture in the Seventeenth century (Klewer, 1999) pp91-117.
'Richard Simon and Biblical Criticism in Restoration England' in
J.Force, D. Katz (eds) Every thing Connects (Brill, 1999) pp37-61.
‘Acceptable to inquisitive men: some Simonian contexts for Newton’s
1680-1692’ in J. Force, R.H. Popkin (eds)
and Religion (Klewer, 1999) pp.77-96
manuscripts, 1700-1722’ in La Lettre Clandestine 7 (1998)
*John Toland's Nazarenus 1718 (The Voltaire Foundation, 1999)
‘Respublica Mosaica: John Toland and the Naturalisation of the Jews, 1714’
in R. Porter, O. Grell
(eds) Toleration in Enlightenment Europe (
‘”Manuscripts of mine abroad”: John Toland and the circulation of
ideas, 1700-1722’ Eighteenth Century Ireland 14 (1999) pp.9-36.
‘Making authority: belief, conviction and reason in the public sphere
in late seventeenth
XVII siecle 3 (1999) pp. 143-190
To govern is to make subjects believe’: anticlericalism, politics and
power, c1680-1717’ in N. Aston (ed) Anticlericalism in Early
‘“Religion’s safe, with priestcraft is the war” Augustan
anticlericalism and the legacy of the English revolution, 1660-1720’
The European Legacy 5 (2000) pp.547-561.
‘Ecrasez l’infame: religion and Enlightenment. A review essay’ in
The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2000)
“Cultura sovversiva: erudizione e polemica nel l’amyntor canonicus
di Toland, c1698-1726’ in A. Santucci Filosofia e cultura nel
settecento britannico (
'Between, belief, authority and practice: radicalism and revolution 1649-1789'
in N. Smith (ed) Radicalism in British Literary Culture, 1650-1830
(Cambridge, 2001) pp29-44, 220-226
‘Making Authority: print, law and the hidden transcript’ (with Lee
McNulty) M. Braddick, J. Walters (ed) Social Authority and the State
1600-1750 (Cambridge, 2001) pp.227-248, 302-305
‘John Toland and the politics of Celtic Learning, 1717-1720’ Irish
Historical Studies 32 (2001) pp.321-342.
‘The men of matter: spirits, matter and the politics of priestcraft,
1701-1709’ in G. Paganini, M. Benitez, A. Mckenna (eds)
Clandestine Literature and Materialism in the Enlightenment (Henry
Champion, Paris, 2002) pp.115-150.
''Le culte prive quand il est rendu dans le secret': Hobbes, Locke et les
limites de la tolerence, l'atheisme et l'heterodoxie'. in Les fondements
philosophiques de la tolerence volume 1, (eds) Y. Charles
Zarka, F. Lessay and J. Rogers. (Paris, 2002) pp. 221-253.
‘Political Thinking between the Restoration and the Hanoverian
Sucession’ B.Coward (ed) The Blackwell Companion to Early
Modern History (2003) pp.474-492
*Republican Learning: John Toland and the crisis of Christian
‘The man who fell to earth’ BBC History Magazine September
2003, pp. 34-37
‘Seeing the past:
clerical culture’ in D. Hayton, M. McCarthy (eds) The making of
Marsh’s Library (Dublin, 2004) pp.117-145
‘Benjamin Furly’s books’ in S. Hutton (ed) Benjamin Furly and his
world (Brill, 2005)
‘Most truly a protestant’: reading Bayle in England, 1698-1722’ in A.
McKenna, G. Paganini (ed) Pierre Bayle, religion, critique,
Philosophie (Paris, 2003)
‘“Anglia libera”: commonwealth politics in the early years of George I.’
Womersley (ed) Cultures of Whiggism (