Andrew Spicer is Professor of Early Modern European History. He is Past President of the 16th Century Society & Conference.
Teaching and supervision
- Europe and the World 1450-1750: Examines the interaction of Europe with the wider world and the religious, imperial and political struggles that underpinned the rise of European empires.
- Conflict and Belief in the Early Modern World: Examines how religious beliefs led to violence and massacres, and how early modern societies came to accept diversity.
- History Dissertation / Project:Students research a topic of their choice, supervised by a member of staff.
- Tudors: Reformation and Revolt: Explores the religious and political upheavals of the Tudor era.
- Immigrants and Minorities in Early Modern England, c. 1453–1753: Explores how and why people were marginalised due to their ethnicity, nationality and sexuality as well as changing attitudes towards diversity.
- The Reformation and the Parish Church: Focuses on changing attitudes towards the parish church and the impact of the Reformation on art, architecture, music and sculpture.
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.
Spicer A, 'Anglican Rites of Consecration and the Delineation of Sacred Space, c. 1689–1735'
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 90 (2) (2021) pp.324-347
ISSN: 0009-6407 eISSN: 1755-2613Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Spicer A, 'Adiaphora, Martin Luther and the Material Culture of Worship'
Studies in Church History 56 (2020) pp.246-272
ISSN: 0424-2084 eISSN: 2059-0644Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Spicer A, 'Religious Representation in Comenius's Orbis sensualium pictus (1658)'
Reformation & Renaissance Review 21 (1) (2019) pp.64-88
ISSN: 1462-2459 eISSN: 1743-1727Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Spicer A, 'Iconoclasm'
Renaissance Quarterly 70 (3) (2017) pp.1007-1022
ISSN: 0034-4338 eISSN: 1935-0236Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Spicer A, 'L’Entretien d’un catholique et d’un calviniste (1684). Les Huguenots et reliques dans l’Orléans moderne'
Revue d’histoire du protestantisme 1-3 (2016)
ISSN: 2297-6167Published here
Spicer A, 'The 'Livre du Clerc' of the French Church in Southampton, 1853–1939'
Huguenot Society Journal 30 (2) (2014) pp.37-43
Spicer A, 'After Iconoclasm: Reconciliation and Resacralization in the Southern Netherlands, ca. 1566-85'
The Sixteenth Century Journal 44 (2013) pp.411-433
Spicer A, 'Consecration and Violation: Preserving the Sacred Landscape in the (Arch)diocese of Cambrai, c. 1550-1570'
Intersections 22 (2012) pp.253-274
Spicer A, 'Holiness and the Temple: Thomas Adams and the Definition of Sacred Space in Jacobean England'
The Seventeenth Century 27 (1) (2012) pp.1-24
ISSN: 0268-117XAbstract Published here
Spicer A, ''Le Quatriesme Ordre' : the Diaconate in the French-Walloon Churches of London and Sandwich, c. 1568-1573'
Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London 29 (1) (2008) pp.1-13
Spicer A, 'The Consistory Records of Reformed Congregations and the Exile Churches'
Proceedings- Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland 28 (5) (2008) pp.640-663
Spicer A, '(Re)building the sacred landscape: Orleans, 1560 1610'
French History 21 (3) (2007) pp.247-268
ISSN: 0269-1191 eISSN: 1477-4542Published here
Spicer A, 'Accomodating of Thalme Seflis to Heir the Worde: Preaching, Pews and Reformed Worship in Scotland, 1560-1638'
History 88 (2004) pp.405-422
Spicer A, 'Laudianism in Scotland? St-giles-cathedral, Edinburgh, 1633-39 - a Reappraisal'
Architectural History 46 (2004) pp.95-108
ISSN: 0066-622X eISSN: 2059-5670Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
- Past President of the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
- Editorships with Charlotte Methuen, Studies in Church History