Blair Worden

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Alastair Blair Worden, FBA (born 12 January 1945), usually known by his middle name Blair,[1] is a historian, among the leading authorities on the period of the English Civil War and on relations between literature and history more generally in the early modern period. He matriculated as an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1963. After spending a year as a visiting student at Harvard he began graduate research at Oxford in 1967.[2] After a period as a Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, teaching History, he took up a position as a Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London.[3] As of 2011 he is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall.[4] He is well known for his revolutionary article "Oliver Cromwell and the Sin of Achan", which changed established historical perceptions about what exactly caused Cromwell to reject the offer of the Crown.[citation needed]


  • The Rump Parliament 1648–53 (1974)
  • (ed.) Edmund Ludlow: A Voyce from the Watchtower (1978)
  • (ed.) History and Imagination: essays in honour of H. R. Trevor-Roper (1981)
  • (ed.) Stuart England (1986)
  • The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan politics (1996)
  • Roundhead reputations: the English Civil Wars and the passions of posterity (2001)
  • Literature and politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham (2007)
  • The English Civil Wars 1640–1660 (2010)
  • Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell (2014)

Selected articles and chapters[edit]

  • "The Commonwealth Kidney of Algernon Sidney", Journal of British Studies, 24 (1985), 1–40
  • "Andrew Marvell, Oliver Cromwell and the Horatian ode", in Politics of Discourse: The literature and history of seventeenth-century England, ed. Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987), pp. 147–80
  • "Cromwellian Oxford", in The History of the University of Oxford, ed. Nicholas Tyacke (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), pp. 733–72
  • "The Question of Secularisation", in A Nation Transformed: England after the Restoration, ed. Alan Houston and Stephen Pincus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  • "Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate", Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th ser., 20 (2010), 57–84
  • "Oliver Cromwell and the Sin of Achan", in Cromwell and the Interregnum: The Essential Readings, ed. D. L. Smith (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Worden, Prof. (Alastair) Blair", Who's Who (online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2017). Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. ^ Profile in The Guardian.
  3. ^ Royal Holloway webpage.
  4. ^ St Edmund Hall, Oxford, webpage.