Professor John Spurr
Personal Professor
College of Arts and Humanities Administration
Telephone: (01792) 606755
Room: Office - 104B
First Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

I grew up in Lincolnshire, and was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. I have taught at Swansea since 1990, and was Head of the History Department from 2005 to 2008. I currently head the College of Arts and Humanities.

Professor Spurr is a member of Swansea’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Early modern history
  • especially religious and literary history of seventeenth-century England.


  1. Style, Wit and Religion in Restoration England. In Stephen Taylor and Grant Tapsell (Ed.), The Nature of the English Revolution Revisited. (pp. 233-259). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
  2. The Lay Church of England. In Grant Tapsell (Ed.), The Later Stuart Church, 1660-1714. (pp. 101-124). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  3. (2013). The Laity and Preaching in Post-Reformation England. Presented at Friends of Dr Williams's Library Annual Lecture,, 1 London: Dr Williams's Trust.
  4. Shaftesbury and the Politics of Religion. In John Spurr (Ed.), Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury 1621-1683. (pp. 127-151). Farnham: Ashgate.


  • John Milton's Poetry: A Textual Cure for Melancholy (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Roberta Magnani
  • Redeeming Death: Mortality, Portraiture and the Quest for Salvation in Tudor England and Wales (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Regina Poertner
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • 'The Rational Apocalypse of Latitudinarians in Restoration England.' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Regina Poertner