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


  • Blood and Water (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Anne Lauppe-Dunbar
  • Redeeming Death: Mortality, Portraiture and the Quest for Salvation in Tudor England and Wales (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Regina Poertner
  • John Milton's Poetry: A Textual Cure for Melancholy (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Roberta Magnani
  • 'The Rational Apocalypse of Latitudinarians in Restoration England.' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Dr Regina Poertner