Politics and Religion in Later Stuart Cornwall and South-West Wales: A Comparative Study
Supervisor: Grant Tapsell
Funding: Arts & Humanities Research Doctoral Studentship
My research explores the intersections of politics, religion, and identity in Cornwall and south-west Wales between the years 1660 and 1714. These two regions had much in common: they were geographically isolated from London; had recent memories of Royalist service during the Civil War; and could boast of indigenous Brythonic languages and Celtic heritage. I compare how the regional identities of Cornwall and south-west Wales (the counties of Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire, and Carmarthenshire) manifested in their respective political and religious cultures, and how these regional identities overlapped with other available social, professional, and economic identities.
Alongside my research, I am a Graduate Member of the Steering Committee for the Centre of Early Modern British and Irish History.
Teaching: Within Oxford, I have taught on the FHS paper ‘Literature and Politics in Early Modern England’, and lectured on the English Civil War, and late-Stuart print culture. I am able to teach a broad range of topics within the later Stuart period.
James Harris, ‘Repeated Testimonies of Duty and Affection: Constructing Loyalty in Cornwall and South-West Wales, 1681–85’, in Loyalty to the Monarchy in Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain, c. 1400–1688, ed. M. Hefferan and M. Ward (Basingstoke, 2019, in press).
James Harris, ‘Partisanship and Popular Politics in a Cornish ‘Pocket’ Borough, 1660-1714’, Parliamentary History, 37 (2018), pp. 350-68. Judged proxime accessit for the Parliamentary History Essay Prize, 2017.