School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


Dr Fiona McCall

  • Qualifications: D Phil History (University of Oxford)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2021
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies


Dr Fiona McCall, D Phil (Oxon, 2008) is an early modern historian specialising in sixteenth and seventeenth-century religious and social history. Her work focuses on anti-clericalism, religious conflict, family and memory within parishes during and after the English Civil war and interregnum.  Her book on the experiences of loyalist clergy and their families during this period: Baal's Priests: the Loyalist Clergy and the English Revolution (Ashgate Press, April 2013) was commended by judges of the 2013 Samuel Pepys Prize.  She is also a collaborator on a Leverhulme-funded project to produce a modern edition of Archbishop Matthew Parker’s 1561 survey of the Elizabethan clergy (Church of England Record Society, forthcoming).  She is also a tutor for the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education, where she teaches on their Online Advanced Diploma in Local History and has also taught seminar series on John Aubrey, the English Civil War, and on Crime and Punishment in Early Modern England.  She has worked as a lecturer in early modern history at University of Reading and at Newman University, Birmingham and has previously taught modules on the British Civil Wars, Tudor Britain, witchcraft in early modern Europe, historical skills and work placement.

Teaching Responsibilities

Modules Taught:

  • Level 4: U20546 The Early Modern World
  • Level 5:U20633 Introduction to Historical Research
  • Level 6: SSHLS-WYD Writing Your Dissertation; U20558: Special Subject: Britain divided: the impact of Civil War 1637-1662

Modules Coordinated:

  • Level 5: U20633 Introduction to Historical Research

Year Tutor – Level 4


My research has so far looked at the social history of the English Civil War, through the well-documented experiences and memories of one particular social group, the clergy.  It is centred on the archive of family and parish memories collected by John Walker for his 1714 history of the sequestered loyalist clergy, known as The Sufferings of the Clergy .  I am currently working on research papers on the accusations made by parliament against Leicestershire clergy during the Civil War, on royalist satire against the interregnum church and on oral and written accounts in the Walker archive relating to the experiences of women.  Further research will look at evidence in local sources of loyalist resistance to the religious changes of the 1640s and 1650s within individual parishes.  My other main area of interest is the question of the long-term effect and memory of Civil War trauma on the family and on society as a whole.  I am also actively involved with work to produce a published version and a database of the Parker Certificates (detailed above).


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