Professor Andrew Hopper

Professor of English Local History

Andrew HopperContact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3979
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  • Office: Room 21, Marc Fitch House, Salisbury Road
  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only
  • Dissertation Hour (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only

Personal details

My doctoral research at the University of York during the late 1990s examined the extent of support for Parliament in Yorkshire during the first civil war, under the supervision of Professor James A. Sharpe. In 2000 I was appointed project researcher for the Virtual Norfolk Project at the University of East Anglia. In 2003 I moved to the University of Birmingham to take up an AHRC postdoctoral fellowship working with Professor Richard Cust on conceptions of gentry honour in the High Court of Chivalry during the 1630s: ]. In 2006 I was appointed a ‘new blood’ lecturer in English Local History at the University of Leicester


I teach modules on religion, politics and local identities in early modern England. I have a special interest in allegiance and the local experiences of the British Civil Wars. My recent podcasts for the Historical Association, which are aimed at sixth-formers and first year undergraduates, can be accessed here.

Why did civil war break out in England in 1642?
Why did the royalists lose the First Civil War (1642-46)? Part 1
Why did the royalists lose the First Civil War (1642-46)? Part 2
'Reluctant regicides'? The trial of Charles I Revisited

Examples of modules I teach:

I am co-convenor of HS2232 Religious History.

I am convenor of HS2500 Becoming the Historical Researcher and HS7127 The Local Identities and Palaeography of Early Modern England.


    Research themes

    ajh- John Secker

    My research field is the religion and political culture of early modern England, including notions of honour, memory and reputation, and the Civil Wars more specifically. My books include ‘Black Tom’: Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution (Manchester University Press, 2007) [], and The Papers of the Hothams, Governors of Hull during the Civil War (Camden Society, 5th series, 39, 2011).My second monograph was Turncoats and Renegadoes: Changing Sides during the English Civil Wars (Oxford University Press, 2012) []

    AH - turncoats and renegadoes

    My work on turncoats explored contemporary notions of self-fashioning, honour and reputation in an investigation of civil-war side changers. My talk at the National Army Museum as part of their Lunchtime Lectures: series highlights some of the main themes of the book.

    My most recent edited volume was Battle-scarred: Mortality, Medical Care and Military Welfare in the British Civil Wars (Manchester University Press, 2018):

    Current research projects

    My next monograph explores widowhood and bereavement during the Civil Wars. This research is supported by a 4 year standard grant (2017-2021) from the AHRC for a wider project entitled ‘Conflict, Welfare and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1710’:


    Religion, politics and society in seventeenth-century England, in particular the civil wars and interregnum; areas of regional expertise include Yorkshire, East Anglia and the Midlands. I have doctoral students working on military welfare, seventeenth-century clergy, refugees from Ireland, parish conflicts and local histories of the civil wars.

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