About the Trust
Appointed April 2017
Stephen Taylor is a specialist in the religious and political history of England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and his published work has touched on topics as diverse as the identity of Anglicanism, court culture, party politics, the circulation of news and libertinism. He is currently completing a project on the relationship between religion and politics during the whig supremacy (1714-60) and in the early stages of another on the problem of religious conformity during the English revolution. With Kenneth Fincham (Kent) and Arthur Burns (KCL) he has been, since 1999, one of the Directors of The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835, and with Philip Williamson and Natalie Mears (both Durham) he is one of the investigators on the AHRC-funded project on ‘British state prayers, fasts and thanksgivings, 1540s-1940s'. He is the Academic Editor (Bibliography of British and Irish History) of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Editor of the Church of England Record Society.