John Morrill (historian)

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John Stephen Morrill (born June 12, 1946?)[1][2] is a British historian and academic who specializes in the political, religious, social, and cultural history of early-modern Britain from 1500-1750, especially the English Civil War. He is known for his county studies approach.[3]


Morrill was educated at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Cheshire, and at Trinity College, Oxford, receiving his BA in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1971. In 1974-1974 he was a lecturer at Stirling University before moving to Cambridge University in 1975 as lecturer, reader and professor. He has been a fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge since 1975, and was director of studies in history in 1975-92, tutor in 1979-92, Admissions Tutor in 1982-7, in Senior Tutor in 1987-92, in and Vice Master in 1992-2001. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995, and served as vice president in 2001-9. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academy of Finland, holds honorary degrees from several universities, and is an Hon. Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin.

Morrill was president for 10 years of the Cromwell Association, "a body that seeks to promote public knowledge about and interest in Cromwell and his age".[4]

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Morrill is a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, and holds several senior positions in the Diocese of East Anglia (e.g. Chair of the Commission for Evangelisation and Assistant Director for Diaconal Formation) and he teaches Church history and pastoral theology one weekend a month at St John's Seminary, Wonersh.



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