Dr Andrew Hopper

Associate Professor in English Local History

Andrew HopperContact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3979
  • Email: ajh69@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 21, Marc Fitch House, Salisbury Road
  • Office Hours: Semester 2: Tuesday 11:00-12:00. Thursday 11:00-12:00
  • Dissertation Office Hour: Tuesday 12-1pm
  • Research Day: Friday

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 several 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:


Research themes

ajh- John SeckerMy research field is the religion and political culture of early modern England, including notions of honour, memory and reputation, and the English civil wars more specifically. I am also concerned with the interaction between the gentry and the people in the process of allegiance formation. My work hopes to break down old divisions that distance political from social history, and national from local, hoping to establish stronger integration between the politics of the parish and the politics of the state.

AH - turncoats and renegadoes'I have recently finished a monograph for Oxford University Press entitled 'Turncoats and Renegadoes': Changing Sides during the English Civil Wars. It explores contemporary notions of self-fashioning, honour and reputation in an investigation of those that changed sides during these conflicts. My talk at the National Army Museum as part of their 'Lunchtime Lectures' series highlights some of the main themes of the book.

Current research projects

I am currently writing an article on the 'Great Blow', the riot and enormous explosion that devastated the city of Norwich in April 1648. A larger scale project is also underway that is concerned with welfare during the civil wars, in particular contemporary responses to wartime bereavement, and the experiences of widows and orphans during and after these conflicts.


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 West Midlands.

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