Dr. Ian Atherton

Title: Senior Lecturer in History
Phone: (+44) 01782 733205
Email: i.j.atherton@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 0.046
Role: Director of Learning & Teaching, Humanities from January 2017
Ethics Officer, Humanities
Academic Appeals, Deputy chair


Contacting me: Appointment by email is best, but you could just try my office.
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I have been in the History Department at Keele since 1995, first as Lecturer and since 2003 as Senior Lecturer. Before that I was a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia for two years, working on a project to research and publish a history of Norwich Cathedral for its 900th anniversary in 1996. That work was published as Ian Atherton, Eric Fernie, Christopher Harper-Bill, and Hassell Smith, eds, Norwich Cathedral: Church, City and Diocese, 1096-1996 (Hambledon Press: London & Rio Grande, 1996).

At Keele I have fulfilled a number of roles, including Director of Programmes for History (from 2008-2010), Director of Undergraduate Studies for History (2007), Examinations Officer for History (2001-06), and Secretary for the Humanities Faculty (2000-01). I was External Examiner for History at Birmingham University (2006-09) and have been on the board of Midland History since 2001.

As a historian of religion, politics and war in early modern Britain, I am working on two broad areas:

  • British cathedrals between the 1530s and 1670s, exploring how cathedrals were experienced and how they found roles within the wider church. I am also interested in collegiate churches, particularly Manchester and Ripon, in the same period.
  • The memory of conflict. With Dr Philip Morgan, I am writing a book on the changing commemoration of British battlefields from the early medieval period to 1900, uncovering the traditions of the memorialisation of war before 1900, looking at the post-bellum fate of battlefields, customary attitudes to the fallen and to their burial, and practices in the erection or form of permanent memorials.

Download Ian Atherton Publication List  here.

Selected Publications

  • Atherton IJ and Morgan P. 2011. The battlefield war memorial: Commemoration and the battlefield site from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Journal of War & Culture Studies, vol. 4(3), 289-204. doi>
  • ATHERTON IJ. 2010. Cathedrals, Laudianism, and the British Churches. Historical Journal, vol. 53(4), 895-918. doi> link>
  • Atherton IJ. 2008. Royalist Finances in the English Civil War: The Case of Lichfield Garrison, 1643-5. Midland History, vol. 33(1), 43-67. doi>
  • ATHERTON IJ and Carr, I.. 2007. 'The Civil War in Staffordshire in the Spring of 1646: Sir William Brereton's Letter Book, April-May 1646'. Staffordshire Record Society.
  • ATHERTON IJ and Como, D.. 2005. 'The Burning of Edward Wightman: Puritanism, Prelacy and the Politics of Heresy in Early Modern England'. English Historical Review, vol. 120(489), 1215-1250. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • ATHERTON IJ and Carr, I.. 2007. 'The Civil War in Staffordshire in the Spring of 1646: Sir William Brereton's Letter Book, April-May 1646'. Staffordshire Record Society.
  • ATHERTON IJ and Sanders, J.. 2006. The 1630s: Interdisciplinary Essays on Culture and Politics in the Caroline Era. Manchester University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Atherton IJ. 2013. Commemorating Conflict and the Ancient British Past in Augustan Britain. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 36(3), 377-393. doi>
  • Atherton IJ. 2012. Review of Charles Carlton, This Seat of Mars: War and the British Isles 1482-1746 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). Reviews in History, Article review 1256.
  • Atherton IJ and Morgan P. 2011. The battlefield war memorial: Commemoration and the battlefield site from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Journal of War & Culture Studies, vol. 4(3), 289-204. doi>
  • ATHERTON IJ. 2010. Cathedrals, Laudianism, and the British Churches. Historical Journal, vol. 53(4), 895-918. doi> link>
  • ATHERTON I. 2010. Staffordshire Studies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 19, 1-118.
  • Ellis N and Atherton IJ. 2009. Griffith Higgs’s Account of the Sieges of and Iconoclasm at Lichfield Cathedral in 1643. Midland History, vol. 34(2), 233-245. doi>
  • ATHERTON I. 2009. Review of Gloucester Cathedral Chapter Act Book 1616–1687. Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association, vol. 34(121), 66-67.
  • Atherton I. 2008. Review of E. Gruber von Arni, Hospital care and the British standing army, 1660-1714. Journal of British Studies, vol. 47(3), 679-680. doi>
  • ATHERTON I. 2008. Review of C.S. Knighton, ed., Acts of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, 1609–1642'. Archives, vol. 33(119), 187-188.
  • Atherton IJ. 2008. Royalist Finances in the English Civil War: The Case of Lichfield Garrison, 1643-5. Midland History, vol. 33(1), 43-67. doi>
  • Atherton IJ. 2007. Staffordshire Studies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 18, 1-105.
  • Atherton IJ. 2007. The Accounts of the Royalist Garrison of Lichfield Close, 1643-5. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 18, 63-96.
  • ATHERTON I. 2006. Review of A Bibliography of Westminster Abbey: A Guide to the Literature of Westminster Abbey, Westminster School and St Margaret’s Church Published between 1571 and 2000. Archives: The Journal of The British Records Association, vol. 31(115), 175-177.
  • Atherton IJ and Studd JRS. 2006. Staffordshire Studies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 17, 1-84.
  • ATHERTON IJ and Como, D.. 2005. 'The Burning of Edward Wightman: Puritanism, Prelacy and the Politics of Heresy in Early Modern England'. English Historical Review, vol. 120(489), 1215-1250. doi>
  • Atherton I. 2005. Review of J. Broadway, R. Cust & S.K. Roberts, eds. A Calendar of the Docquets of Lord Keeper Coventry, 1625-1640. Midland History, vol. 30, 148-149.
  • Atherton IJ and Studd JRS. 2005. Staffordshire Stduies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 16, 1-127.
  • Atherton I and Studd JR. 2005. Staffordshire Studies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 15, 1-108.
  • Atherton I. 2003. Review of M. Stoyle, West Britons: Cornish identities and the early modern British state. ALBION, vol. 35(2), 277-278. doi>
  • Atherton I. 2003. Review of P. Hayter, ed., Kings Sutton churchwardens' accounts 1636-1700 (Banbury Historical Society 27, 2001). Midland History, vol. 28(2003), 157-158.
  • Atherton I. 2003. Review of The politics of court scandal in early modern England: news culture and the Overbury affair, 1603-1660 by A Bellany. American Historical Review. doi>
  • Atherton I. 2002. Reviewer of: 'Brailes and the Survey of 1607', A Tennant in Warwickshire History, 1, 5 (2001). Midland History, vol. 27, 210.
  • Atherton I and Cooksley M. 2002. Staffordshire and the Irish revolt of 1641. Staffordshire Studies.
  • Atherton I and Studd JR. 2002. Staffordshire Studies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 14, 1-106.
  • Atherton I and Studd JR. 2001. Staffordshire Studies. Staffordshire Studies, vol. 13, 1-161.
  • Atherton I. 1999. Review of J.H. Baker, Monuments of endlesse labours: English canonists and their work, 1300-1900. ENGL HIST REV, vol. 114(459), 1353-1354. doi>
  • Atherton I. 1999. Review of K. Fincham, ed., Visitation articles and injunctions of the early Stuart Church, vol. II: 1625-1642. ENGL HIST REV, vol. 114(458), 981-982. doi>
  • Atherton I. 1999. Review of A. Warmington, Civil War, interregnum and Restoration in Gloucestershire, 1640-1672. ALBION, vol. 31(1), 96-97. doi>
  • Atherton I. 1998. Review of D. Dymond, ed., The register of Thetford Priory, vol 1, 1472-1517, vol 2, 1518-1540. ENGL HIST REV, vol. 113(454), 1298.

Chapters

  • Atherton IJ. 2017. Cathedrals. In The Oxford History of Anglicanism Reformation and Identity c. 1520-1662. (25 vols.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Atherton IJ. 2017. FORTHCOMING: An Apology of the Church of England's Cathedrals. In Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Elizabethan Church.
  • Atherton IJ. 2014. Remembering (and forgetting) Fairfax's Battlefields. In England's Fortress: New Perspectives on Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax. Hopper A and Major P (Eds.). Farnham: Ashgate. link>
  • Atherton IJ. 2011. 'Cathedrals and the British Revolution'. In The Experience of Revolution in Stuart Britain and Ireland. Braddick MJ and Smith DL (Eds.). Cambridge University Press. doi>
  • Atherton IJ. 2011. 'Religions: Post-Reformation Christian Denominations' & 'Religions: Observance and Attendance, 1676-2001'. In An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire. Phillips ADM and Phillips CB (Eds.). Manchester: Manchester Univ Press.
  • ATHERTON I. 2010. 'Bishops of Ely, 1559-1667'. In Ely: Bishops and Diocese, 1109-2009. Meadows P (Ed.). Boydell Press.
  • Atherton IJ. 2009. The Press and Popular Political Opinion. In A Companion to Stuart Britain. Coward B (Ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Atherton IJ. 2007. Barton-under-Needwood. In The Victoria History of the County of Stafford: Volume X, Tutbury and Needwood Forest. Tringham NJ (Ed.). woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
  • Atherton I, Tomkins A, McGrath E. 2007. 'Broken in War, Stricken With Old Age, Reduced to Helplessness'?: Cathedral Almsmen in Early Modern England'. In Medicine, Charity and Mutual Aid: The Consumption of Health and Welfare c. 1550-1950. Borsay A and Shapely P (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Sanders J and Atherton IJ. 2006. Introducing The 1630s: Questions of Parliaments, Peace and Pressure Points. In The 1630s: Interdisciplinary Essays on Culture and Politics in the Caroline Era. Atherton I and Sanders J (Eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Education. In A History of the County of Stafford, Volume ix: Burton-upon-Trent (The Victoria History of the Counties of England). Tringham NJ (Ed.). Institute of Historical Research/Boydell and Brewer, London/Woodbridge.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Edward Reynolds (1599-1676), Bishop of Norwich: vol.46. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Family Scudamore (\fIper\fP 1500-1820), gentry: vol.49. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Foulke Robartes (1578/9-1650), Church of England clergyman: vol.47. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. General History: The Period 1530-1700. In A history of the county of Stafford, Volume ix: Burton-upon-Trent (The Victoria County History of the Counties of England). Tringham NJ (Ed.). Institute of Historical Research/Boydell and Brewer, London/Woodbridge.
  • Atherton I. 2004. George Coke (1570-1646), Bishop of Hereford: vol.12. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Henry Rogers (1583/4-1658), Church of Egland clergyman and religious controversialist. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. John Hassall (\fIbap.\fP 1575,\fId.\fP 1654), dean of Norwich: vol.27. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. John Salisbury (1501/2-1573), Bishop of Sodor and Man: vol.49. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. John Scudamore, first Viscount Sucadmore (1601-1671), diplomat and politician: vol.49. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Protestant Nonconformity. In A History of the County of Stafford, Volume ix: Burton-upon-Trent (The Victoria History of the Counties of England). Tringham NJ (Ed.). Institute of Historical Research/Boydell and Brewer, London/Woodbridge.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Robert Sidney, Second Earl of Leicester (1595-1677), diplomat and landowner: vol.50. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Roman Catholicism. In A History of the County of Stafford, Volume ix: Burton-upon-Trent (The Victoria History of the Counties of England). Tringham NJ (Ed.). Institute of Historical Research/Boydell and Brewer, London/Woodbridge.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Sir Barnabas Scudamore (\fIbap.\fP 1609,\fId.\fP 1651/2), royalist army officer: vol.49. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Sir Walter Pye (\fIbap.\fP 1571,\fId.\fP 1635), lawyer: vol.45. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. The Established Church. In A History of the County of Stafford, Volume ix: Burton-upon-Trent (The Victoria History of the Counties of England). Tringham NJ (Ed.).
  • Atherton I. 2004. Theophilus Field (\fIbap\fP 1575,\fId.\fP 1636), Bishop of Hereford: vol.19. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. Thomas Hodges (\fIc.\fP 1600-1672), dean of Hereford: vol.27. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. William Baker (1668-1732), Bishop of Norwich: vol.3. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Atherton I. 2004. William Rugg [\fIname in religion\fP William Repps] (\fId.\fP 1550), Bishop of Norwich: vol.48. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew HCG and Harrison B (Eds.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • ATHERTON IJ. 2003. 'The Dean and Chapter, Reformation to Restoration: 1541-1660'. In A History of Ely Cathedral. Meadows P and Ramsay N (Eds.). Boydell.
  • Atherton I. 2003. The press and popular political opinion. In A Companion to Stuart Britain. Coward B (Ed.). Blackwell & The Historical Association, Oxford, Melbourne and Berlin.

Other

  • ATHERTON I. 2010. Cathedrals.
  • ATHERTON I. 2010. Collegiate Churches.

 

  • Certificate in Local History

Year 1

  • HIS-10031 Princes and Peoples European History, c. 1490-c. 1700
  • HIS-10035 Places and Peoples:  Local History c. 1750-c. 2000
  • HIS-10036 Modern Local History from c. 1750

Year 2

  • HIS-20067 Sources and Debates
  • HIS-20069 State and Empire in Britain c. 1530-c. 1720

Year 3

  • HIS-30086 The English Civil War, c. 1640-6
  • HIS-30087 The World Turned Upside Down:  the English Revolution, c. 1646-53
  • HIS-30102 The Art of Dying:  Death and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • HIS-30103 Dissertation for History
  • HIS-30121 History and Biography

MRes

  • HIS-40002 Approaches to Historical Research    

MA

  • HIS-40031 The English Civil War, c. 1640-46
  • HIS-40039 The World Turned Upside Down:  the English Revolution, c. 1646-53
  • HIS-40042 The Art of Dying:  Death and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Postgraduate Students

I welcome postgraduate students who wish to study early modern English topics, particularly cathedrals, religious conflict, the English Civil War, and the circulation of news, or those who wish to work on topics related to early modern Staffordshire. Such work can be undertaken at masters' level (Keele's MRes in the Humanities) or as a PhD.

Past and present postgraduate students have studied, or are working on:

  • Logistics and Supply in the English Civil War (PhD)
  • The Bedesmen of Worcester Cathedral: Post-Reformation Cathedral Charity compared with St. Oswald's Hospital Almspeople c. 1660-1900 (PhD)
  • The Representations of Royalists and Royalism in the Press, c. 1637-1646 (PhD)
  • Thomas, 3rd Lord Paget and Elizabethan Catholicism (PhD)
  • The Sabbath in the English Revolution (MRes)
  • The English Civil War in Staffordshire, 1642-1651: The Experience of Uttoxeter (MRes)
  • A Comparative Study of Mission at Southwark and Chelmsford Cathedrals, 1930-1970 (MRes)
  • The Church of Christ, Bristol, 1640-1660 (MRes)
  • The Siege of Gloucester, 1643 (MRes)