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  • Professor Andrew Spicer

    Professor of Early Modern European History

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483590

    Email: aspicer@brookes.ac.uk

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    Andrew Spicer is Professor of Early Modern European History and came to Oxford Brookes from the University of Exeter in 2003. Until 2010, he was responsible for leading the AHRC project 'The Early Modern Parish Church and the Religious Landscape'. He is currently a Literary Director of the Royal Historical Society.

    Modules taught

    Undergraduate

    • Early Modern World
    • U67621 Conflict and Belief in the Early Modern World
    • Advanced Seminar in Early Modern History - The Tudors: Reformation and Revolt
    • Advanced Seminar in Early Modern History -  Sexual Deviants and Social Outcasts

    Postgraduate

    • P67570 The Protestant Reformation and the Parish Church

    This module considers the implications of the Reformation on the arts and in particular the material culture of worship. What effect did an emphasis on preaching have on the appearance and furnishings of places of worship? How did Protestant attitudes to religious imagery vary and what were the consequences of these different theological standpoints? Why was music permitted in some churches and not others? The result of questions like these is to get a better understanding of how the material culture of worship was (or was not) shaped by the theological ideas of the Reformation.

     

    Material Culture of the Reformation

    What was the impact of the Reformation on the material culture and fabric of early modern religion? Reflecting on the architecture and appearance of places of worship, this research has considered how far places of worship and their furnishings were shaped by the liturgical and theological considerations or by external factors. While the focus has been primarily on churches, this research has also ranged more broadly in this field. In recent years papers have also been given on subjects as diverse as 17th century French funerary monuments, late medieval and post Reformation Scottish funeral palls or mortcloths, Reformed Church communion silver in the Dutch Republic, and Huguenot religious art.

    Sanctity and the Sacred

    This research considers how attitudes towards the sanctity and holiness of places of worship and other sacred sites changed in the wake of the Reformation. Besides sacred space in general it examines rituals of consecration and the emergence of new Protestant rites.

    Migration

    The dislocation and migration caused by the religious conflicts in Europe after the Reformation and the processes of integration and assimilation. This focuses on the communities that were established in the sixteenth and seventeenth century and how these migrants interacted with their host communities.

    Another aspect of this research has been to consider how these communities were regarded during the 19th century by historians and the general public.

    Books

    • Spicer A, Ed., Doubting Christianity: The Church and Doubt, Cambridge University Press (2016)
      ISBN: 9781107180734
    • Spicer A, Ed., Parish Churches in the Early Modern World, Ashgate (2016)
      ISBN: 9781472446084
    • Stevens Crawshaw J, Spicer A, Ed., The Place of the Social Margins, 1350-1750, Routledge (2016)
      ISBN: 9781138790728
    • Spicer A, Ed., Parish churches in the early modern world, Ashgate (2015)
      ISBN: 9781472446084
    • Spicer A, Ed., Lutheran Churches in Early Modern Europe, Ashgate (2012)
      ISBN: 978-0-7546-6583-0
    • Duke A, Pollman J, Spicer A , Dissident Identities in the Early Modern Low Countries , Ashgate (2009)
      ISBN: 9780754656791
      Abstract

    Journal articles

    Book chapters

    • Spicer A, 'The Huguenots and Art, c. 1560-1685' in Mentzer R, van Ruymbeke B (ed.), A Companion to the Huguenots, Brill (2016)
      ISBN: 9789004310353
      Abstract Website
    • Spicer A, 'The Huguenots and Art, c. 1560-1685' in Raymond Mentzer and Bertrand van Ruymbeke (ed.), A Companion to the Huguenots, Brill (2016)
      ISBN: 9789004310353
    • O’Halloran L, Spicer A, '‘Catholic Burial and Commemoration in Early Seventeenth Century Lancashire’' in Elizabeth Tingle and Jonathan Willis (ed.), Dying, Death and Burial in Reformation Europe, Ashgate (2016)
      ISBN: 9781472430144
    • Spicer A, 'The Material Culture of Early Modern Churches' in David Gaimster, Tara Hamling and Catherine Richardson (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe, Routledge (2016)
      ISBN: 9781409462699
    • Spicer A, 'Aliens, Native Englishmen and Migration: William Herbert’s 'Considerations in the behalf of Foreiners' (1662)' in Andrew Spicer and Jane Stevens Crawshaw (ed.), The Place of the Social Margins, 1350-1750, Routledge (2016)
      ISBN: 9781138790728
    • Spicer A, 'The Early Modern Parish Church: An Introduction' in Andrew Spicer (ed.), Parish Churches in the Early Modern World, Ashgate (2015)
      ISBN: 9781472446084
    • Spicer A, 'Parish Churches in the Swiss Romande' in Andrew Spicer (ed.), Parish Churches in the Early Modern World, Ashgate (2015)
      ISBN: 9781472446084
    • Spicer A, 'Dutch Churches in Asia' in Andrew Spicer (ed.), Parish Churches in the Early Modern World, Routledge (2015)
      ISBN: 9781472446084
    • Spicer A, 'Lady Anne Clifford and her Church Building' in Donovan C (ed.), A Fresh Approach. Essays Presented to Colin Platt in Celebration of his Eightieth Birthday 11 November 2014 by some of his former students, Trouser Press Publishing (2014)
      ISBN: 9780993094408
    • Spicer A, '1885: French Protestantism and Huguenot Identity in Victorian Britain’' in Benedict P, Daussy H, Léchot P (ed.), Histoire, mémoire et identités en mutation. Les huguenots en France et en diaspora (XVIe–XXIe siècles), Droz (2014)
      ISBN:
    • Spicer A, 'Iconoclasm on the Frontier: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, 1566' in Marina Prusac and Kristine Kolrud (ed.), Iconoclasm from Antiquity to Modernity, Ashgate (2014)
      ISBN: 9781409470335
    • Spicer A, '1885: French Protestantism and Huguenot Identity in Victorian Britain' in Identités huguenotes. Faire mémoire et écrire l'histoire (XVIe-XXI siècles), Droz (2013)
      ISBN: 978-2-600-01752-7
    • Spicer A, ''Hic coeli porta est, hic domus ecce dei': Lutheran churches in the Dutch World, c.1566-1719' in Lutheran churches in early modern Europe, Ashgate Publishing (2012)
      ISBN: 9780754665830
    • Spicer, A, 'Disjoynet, Dismemberit and Disuneited: Church-building and Re-drawing Parish Boundaries in Post-Reformation Scotland: A Case Study of Bassendean, Berwickshire' in The Archaeology of Post-medieval Religion, Boydell & Brewer (2011)
      ISBN: 978-1-84383-693-3
    • Spicer A, 'L'Evesque en soit adverty:' excommunication in the exile congregations' in Dire l'interdit: The Vocabulary of Censure and Exclusion in the Early Modern Reformed Tradition, BRILL (2010)
      ISBN: 9789004179226
      Abstract Website
    • Spicer A, '"God Hath put such secrets in nature": The Reformed Kirk, Church Building and Re-drawing Parish Boundaries in Post-Reformation Scotland' in God's Bounty? The Churches & the Natural World, Ecclesiastical History Society (2010)
      ISBN: 9780954680961
      Abstract
    • Spicer A , 'Confessional Space and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe' in Formierungen des konfessionellen Raumes in Ostmitteleuropa, Franz Steiner Verlag (2008)
      ISBN: 9783515091312
      Abstract

    Conference papers

    Reviews

    • Spicer A, review of Restoring Christs Church: John a Lasco and the Forma Ac Ratio, in Journal of British Studies 49 (2010) pp.708-709
      ISSN: 0021-9371 eISSN: 0021-9371
    • Spicer A, review of Preaching, Word and Sacrament. Scottish Church Interiors, 1560-1860, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61 (2010) pp.857-858
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
      Website
    • Spicer A, review of The Protestant Written Altars of the 16th and 17th Century in the North West Germany. a Church-historical and Art-historical Investigation to a Special Form of a Liturgically Features in the Epoch of the Confessionalization, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 60 (2009) pp.821-822
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
    • Spicer A, review of Lutheran Confession Paintings From the 16th to the 18th Century. the Illustrated Confessio Augustana, in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 60 (2009) pp.821-822
      ISSN: 0022-0469 eISSN: 0022-0469
    • Spicer A, review of Immigrants and the Industries of London, 1500-1700, in Economic History Review 60 (2007) pp.191-192
      ISSN: 0013-0117 eISSN: 0013-0117
    • Spicer A, Karant-Nunn SC, review of Luther on Women. a Sourcebook, in History 89 (2005) pp.637-638
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of The Scottish Witch-hunt in Context, in History 89 (2005) pp.642-643
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age., in Sixteenth Century Journal 35 (2005) pp.1152-1153
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    • Spicer A, review of Religion and Superstition in Reformation Europe., in History 90 (2005) pp.125-126
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Cultures of Communication From Reformation to Enlightenment: Constructing Publics in Early Modern German Lands., in History 90 (2005) pp.126-127
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of The Reformation: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies., in History 90 (2005) pp.274-276
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Gender, Power and Privilege in Early Modern Europe., in History 90 (2005) pp.447-447
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Death and the Early Modern Englishwoman., in Sixteenth Century Journal 36 (2005) pp.826-827
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    • Spicer A, review of Monarchies, States Generals and Parliaments. the Netherlands in the Fifteenth Century, in History 88 (2004) pp.512-513
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of The Reformation Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the Early Modern Period, in History 88 (2004) pp.315-315
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Usury, Interest and the Reformation, in History 88 (2004) pp.315-316
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of The Reformation in Germany, in History 88 (2004) pp.683-684
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Trent and All That: Renaming Catholicism in the Early Modern Era, in History 88 (2004) pp.684-685
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648
    • Spicer A, review of Huguenot Heartland. Montauban and Southern French Calvinism During the Wars of Religion, in History 88 (2004) pp.690-690
      ISSN: 0018-2648 eISSN: 0018-2648

    Other publications

    Membership of professional bodies

    • Fellow and Officer of the Royal Historical Society
    • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
    • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

    Other experience

    Editorships

    • with Charlotte Methuen, Studies in Church History 
    • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 
    • Camden Series