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Professor Chris Marsh

BA, PhD (Cambridge), FRHistS

Professor of Early Modern Cultural History
Examinations officer, L3 (Sem 1)

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3849

Office: 17UQ.301

Christopher Marsh spent nine long, hard years in Cambridge before escaping to Belfast in 1992.  When he is not reading, researching, teaching, writing, marking or administrating, he likes to cycle, run, grow vegetables, track otters and entertain his various offspring.  He offers various modules on aspects of early modern English history. He held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2004-6 and a visiting fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge in 2004, and is now a life member of the college. He held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the calendar year 2013, and is PI of the AHRC project 'Hit Songs and their significance in 17th-century England' (2014-17).

Research interests

He is a social and cultural historian, working mainly on England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  His first projects all concerned aspects of popular religion, but has published Music and the society in early modern England, which was awarded the 2011 Michaelis-Jean Ratcliffe Prize. His current research focus is on music and popular culture in 17th-century England.

Select publications


Articles and chapters:

  • '"Godlie matrons" and "loose-bodied dames": heresy and gender in the Family of Love' in David Loewenstein and John Marshall (eds), Heresy, literature and politics in early modern English culture (Cambridge, 2006).
  • ‘Order and place in England 1560–1640: the view from the pew’ in Journal of British Studies, xliv (2005).
  • ‘The sound of print in early modern England: the broadside ballad as song’ in Julia Crick and Alexandra Walsham (eds), The uses of script and print 1300–1700 (Cambridge, 2004).
  • 'Sacred space in England 1560–1640: the view from the pew' in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, liii (2002).
  • 'Common prayer in England 1560–1640: the view from the pew' in Past and Present, No. 171 (May, 2001).

Entry on PURE research portal


Dr Chris Marsh teaches on the following programmes / modules:


HIS3018 Popular Culture in Early-Modern England


Current PhD first supervision:

  • Robert Hodson,  ‘Hit songs and their significance in 17th-century England’
  • Daniel Patterson, ‘Becoming a man in Restoration England: Two young diarists and their social environments, 1663-1678'
  • Tim Somers, ‘Collectors and collections of ephemeral print in England, c. 1600-1750’

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