John Morrill (historian)

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John Stephen Morrill, FBA (born 12 June 1946)[1][2] is a noted British historian and academic who specialises in the political, religious, social, and cultural history of early-modern Britain from 1500 to 1750, especially the English Civil War. He is best known for his scholarship on Early Modern Politics and his unique county studies approach which he developed at Cambridge.[3] Morrill was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and became a fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1975.


Morrill was educated at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Cheshire, and at Trinity College, Oxford, receiving his B. A. in 1967 and D. Phil. in 1971. In 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 1982–87, Senior Tutor in 1987–92 and Vice Master in 1992–2001. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995, and served as Vice-President in 2001–09.[citation needed]

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 Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin. He was Vice-President of the British Academy (2000–09), Chair of the Research Committee of the AHRB (2002–05), and also served as a Vice-President of Royal Historical Society and was Deputy Director of CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2001–04).[citation needed]

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]

According to the online Bibliography of British and Irish History, he has published (up to July 2016) 116 books, essays and articles but some of his major contributions have been in developing online datasets – as General Editor of the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History and of the British Overseas (1992–99) — now the online Bibliography of British and Irish History, as Chair of the Management Committee of the project that put 8,000 survivor statements from the 1641 'massacres' in Ireland [1] and as General Editor of an imminent (5 volume and online) edition of all the recorded words of Oliver Cromwell.[citation needed]

On 6 July 2009, Morrill delivered his lecture 'The British Revolution in the English Provinces, 1640-9'[5][6] at The Marc Fitch Lectures.

Personal life[edit]

Morrill is a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, and holds several senior positions in the Diocese of East Anglia (e.g. Lourdes Pilgrimage Diocean Director, 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.


  • Revolt of the Provinces: Conservatives and Radicals in the English Civil War, 1630–1650 (Allen & Unwin, 1976); ISBN 0-06-494975-3 (review)
  • The Civil War and Interregnum: Sources for Local Historians (with G.E. Aylmer) (Bedford Square Press, 1979) (read online)
  • Seventeenth Century Britain, 1603–1714 (Dawson, 1980) (read online)
  • Reactions to the English Civil War, 1642–1649 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1982); ISBN 0-312-66443-5 (read online)
  • Charles I (with Christopher W. Daniels) (Cambridge University Press, 1988); ISBN 0-521-31728-2 (read online)
  • Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution (Longman, 1990); ISBN 0-582-01675-4 (read online)
  • The Impact of the English Civil War (Collins & Brown, 1991); ISBN 1-85585-042-7 (read online)
  • The Nature of the English Revolution (Longman, 1993); ISBN 0-582-08941-7 (review)
  • The British Problem, ca. 1534–1707: State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago (with Brendan Bradshaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 1996); ISBN 0-333-59245-X
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain (Clarendon Press, 1996); ISBN 0-19-820325-X (review by Anthony Fletcher)
  • The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638–1660 (ed. John Morrill, John Kenyon, and Jane Ohlmeyer) (Oxford University Press. 1988) (read online)
  • Revolt in the Provinces: The English People and the Tragedies of War, 1634–1648 (Longman, 1999) (read online)
  • Stuart Britain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press Paperbacks, 2000); ISBN 0-19-285400-3 (read online)
  • Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown: Dynastic Crises in Tudor and Stewart Britain, 1504–1746 (University of Reading, 2005) read online
  • Oliver Cromwell (Oxford University Press, VIP series, 2007) read online
  • Firmly I Believe and Truly: The Spiritual Tradition of Catholic England, 1483–1999 (with John Saward and Michael Tomko) (Oxford University Press, 2011) read online
  • The Nature of the English Revolution Revisited: Essays in Honour of John Morrill (eds. Stephen Taylor and Grant Tapsell) (Boydell, 2013)


  1. ^ "Professor John Morrill – Faculty of History". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Morrill, John Stephenprofile". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  3. ^ Sarah Barber (April 1997). "The Scottish Historical Review Vol. 76, No. 201, Part 1: 'Writing Scotland's History': Proceedings of the 1996 Edinburgh Conference". The Scottish Historical Review. pp. 138–40. JSTOR 25530753. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ Profile of Oliver Cromwell by Morrill, BBC. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. ^ "John Morrill on revolt in the provinces – Mercurius Politicus". Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  6. ^ "The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution edited by Michael J. Braddick". Retrieved 16 May 2017.

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