|Born||30 April 1933|
Edmonton, North London
|Died||23 October 2015(aged 82)|
|Awards||CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, Wolfson History Prize|
|Education||St Ignatius college, Stamford Hill, North London|
|Alma mater||Queens' College, Cambridge|
|Thesis||Elizabethan Catholicism: The Link with France (1961)|
|Notable works||Christianity in the West, 1400-1700 (1985)|
|Notable ideas||"social miracle", "migration of the holy"|
Bossy was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he was inspired by Walter Ullmann. He lived and lectured in London (1962–66) and Belfast (1966–78) and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.
Bossy specialised in the history of religion, particularly in that of Christianity during the Reformation period and beyond. According to some commentators, his approach fused together elements of disciplines such as sociology and theology.
His Ph.D. thesis was written on the relations between French and English Catholics during the period of the Renaissance which contained within it the seeds of later work regarding Michel de Castelnau.
He frequently wrote for the London Review of Books and published series of articles in the journals Recusant History and Past & Present. In 1991 The Embassy Affair won the British Crime Writers' Association CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction and (jointly) the Wolfson History Prize.
He moved to the University of York in 1979, where he was professor of History until his retirement in 2000. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
- The English Catholic Community, 1570-1850 (1979)
- Christianity in the West, 1400-1700 (1985)
- Peace in the Post-Reformation (1998)
- Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair (1991; second edition 2002)
- Under the Molehill: An Elizabethan Spy Story (2001)
- Disputes and Settlements: Law and Human Relations in the West (2003) - edited by Bossy
- Bossy, John (1982). "Catholicity and nationality in the northern European counter-reformation". Studies in Church History. 18: 285–296.
- "Research Staff and Honorary Fellows". University of York. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Obituary: Professor John Bossy FBA Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, University of York, Department of History. Accessed 1 November 2015.
- Ditchfield, Simon (15 November 2015). "John Bossy obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "John Bossy". LibraryThing. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Wooding, Lucy. "The canon: Christianity in the West 1400-1700. By John Bossy". Times Higher Education.
- Abraham, Ralph. "John Bossy". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Bossy, John. "Surprise, Surprise - An Elizabethan Mystery". History Today. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- "John Bossy". London Review of Books. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- See external links below.
- "Books by John Bossy". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- "Disputes and Settlements: Law andHuman Relations in the West". Google Books. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- Open-access articles and book reviews by John Bossy from Past & Present. Accessed 12 Nov. 2015.
- Open-access articles by John Bossy from British Catholic History. Accessed 12 Nov. 2015.