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Charles Prior

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History


Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America (2019)
Journal Article
Prior, C. (2019). Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America. Journal of early American history, 9(2-3), 93-117. https://doi.org/10.1163/18770703-00902013

This paper offers a critical reflection on the appropriateness of ‘settler colonialism’ as an analytic category for understanding the political dynamics of early America. It argues that the paradigm’s focus on the elimination of the native obscures t... Read More about Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America.

Settlers among empires: conquest and the American Revolution (2018)
Book Chapter
Prior, C. W. A. (2018). Settlers among empires: conquest and the American Revolution. In E. Vallance (Ed.), Remembering Early Modern Revolutions: England, North America, France and Haiti, 79-93. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Early Stuart Controversy (2017)
Book Chapter
Prior, C. W. A. (2017). Early Stuart Controversy. In A. Hiscock, & H. Wilcox (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion, 69-83. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199672806.013.6

The literature of religious controversy that appeared between 1603 and 1642 was concerned with much more than debates on predestinarian theology. Instead, it should be seen as a vital conduit for the discussion of one of the most powerful legacies of... Read More about Early Stuart Controversy.

England’s Wars of Religion: A Reassessment (2015)
Book Chapter
Prior, C. (2015). England’s Wars of Religion: A Reassessment. In W. Palaver, H. Rudolph, & D. Regensburger (Eds.), The European wars of religion: An interdisciplinary reassessment of sources, interpretations and myths, 119-138. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Rethinking church and state during the English Interregnum (2013)
Journal Article
Prior, C. W. A. (2014). Rethinking church and state during the English Interregnum. Historical research : the bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 87(237), 444-465. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12042

This essay offers a re-examination of the concept of Erastianism as an explanatory tool in discussions of church and state. It focuses in particular on three texts – by Pierre du Moulin, Thomas Cobbet and John Milton - that took up the question of th... Read More about Rethinking church and state during the English Interregnum.

Hebraism and the problem of church and state in England, 1642–1660 (2013)
Journal Article
Prior, C. W. (2013). Hebraism and the problem of church and state in England, 1642–1660. Seventeenth Century, 28(1), 37-61. https://doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2012.758420

This essay examines the use of Hebrew sources in debates on church and state in civil war England. It fits within a developing historiography that seeks to uncover the deeper texture of early modern political discourse, and also poses questions about... Read More about Hebraism and the problem of church and state in England, 1642–1660.

Religion, political thought and the English civil war (2013)
Journal Article
Prior, C. W. A. (2013). Religion, political thought and the English civil war. History compass, 11(1), 24-42. doi:10.1111/hic3.12025

Religion has always been central to explanations of the political and ideological causes and course of the English civil war. Where historians once privileged aspects of the conflict that associated it with a broader narrative about the historic deve... Read More about Religion, political thought and the English civil war.

England's wars of religion, revisited (2011)
Book
Burgess, G., & Prior, C. W. A. (2011). C. Prior, & G. Burgess (Eds.), England's wars of religion, revisited. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

The causes and nature of the civil wars that gripped the British Isles in the mid-seventeenth century remain one of the most studied yet least understood historical conundrums. Religion, politics, economics and affairs local, national and internation... Read More about England's wars of religion, revisited.

Cannons and constitutions (2011)
Book Chapter
Prior, C. (2011). Cannons and constitutions. In C. W. A. Prior, & G. Burgess (Eds.), England's Wars of Religion, Revisted, 101 - 123. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

This chapter examines how the introduction of new ecclesiastical Canons in 1640 touched off a debate among writers who made a direct link between religion and liberty. 

Defining the Jacobean church: The politics of religious controversy, 1603–1625 (2005)
Book
Prior, C. W. A. (2005). Defining the Jacobean church: The politics of religious controversy, 1603–1625. Cambridge University Press (CUP). https://doi.org/10.1017/cbo9780511495991

This 2005 book proposes a model for understanding religious debates in the Churches of England and Scotland between 1603 and 1625. Setting aside 'narrow' analyses of conflict over predestination, its theme is ecclesiology - the nature of the Church,... Read More about Defining the Jacobean church: The politics of religious controversy, 1603–1625.

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