'Religion and the Making of the Later Stuart Army, 1660-1714'
The later Stuart era witnessed not only the upheaval of religious politics in the Three Kingdoms but also the growth of Britain as a military power. My research examines the interactions between religion and the army during this period, trying to identify the roles that religion played in shaping the characters of the British army as well as its position within the British society.
My thesis covers the following aspects:
The army and the church as professions and institutions in the later Stuart society
The army and the religious persecution in later Stuart Britain
Confessional identities in the army
Religious literature for British soldiers
Religion in the military life
Supervisor: Peter Wilson
'Religio Militis: The Religious Military Literature in Later Stuart Britain', Department of History Postgraduate Workshop, University of Hull, May 2015;
'Religio Militis: The Religious Military Literature in Later Stuart Britain', War, Society, and Culture, c.1688-1830 International Conference, University of Leeds, July 2015;
'"Our Almighty God is the Over-ruling Generalissimo": Providentialism and the Later Stuart Army', Centre for Early Modern Studies Postgraduate Conference, University of Exeter, May 2016;
'Religion and the Later Stuart Army', History of War Seminar New Work-in-Progress Workshop: Early Modern, University of Oxford, June 2016;
'"Melancholy is a Great Enemy to Religion": Religion and the Experience of British Soldiers in the Nine Years' War and the War of Spanish Succession', British Commission of Military History New Research in Military History Conference, Institute of Historical Research, January 2017;
'Religion and the Later Stuart Army', Oxford History Graduate Network Work-in-Progress Seminar, University of Oxford, February 2017;
'"To Get a Regiment of Presbyterians": Religion and the Scottish Military Identity during the Later Stuarts, 1660-1714', The 'British' Churches, 1603-1707: From Dynastic Union to Anglo-Scottish Union Conference, University of Kent, June 2017;
'British "Dragonnades"?: Religious Persecution and the Army in Restoration England and Scotland, 1660-1688', Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods Conference, Nottingham Trent University, July 2017.