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Emeritus Professor Bernard Capp

Bernard Capp
Contact Information

Office: H318, third floor of the Humanities Building
Phone: 02476 523410

Academic Profile
  • Fellow of the British Academy (2005)
  • BA (Oxford), 1965, MA, DPhil (Oxford, 1970), FRHistSoc (1974)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader in History, University of Warwick, 1968-1994
  • Professor of History, University of Warwick, since 1994; Chair of Department, 1992-1995
  • Series Editor, New Appreciations (Historical Association) 1989-1992
  • PhD/DPhil: Aberystwyth, Cambridge, Durham, London, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Sheffield; overseas: Adelaide, Turku (Finland)
  • Assessor, Australian Research Council, 1995-; British Academy; Netherlands Research Council; Canada Research Council
  • Panel Member, AHRB/AHRC Postgraduate Awards, 2000-2005
  • Associate Editor, New DNB (17th century naval/maritime), 1996-2004
  • AHRC peer review college, 2004-2010
Undergraduate Modules Taught
Selected Publications


  • The Fifth Monarchy Men (Faber, 1972)
  • Astrology and the Popular press. English almanacs 1500-1800 (Faber, 1979)
  • Cromwell's Navy. The Fleet and the English Revolution (OUP, 1989; paperback, 1992; reissued 2001)
  • The World of John Taylor the Water-Poet (OUP, 1994)
  • When Gossips Meet. Women, the Family and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England (OUP 2003; paperback, 2004)
  • England’s Culture Wars. Puritan Reformation and its Enemies in the Interregnum, 1649-1660 (Oxford, 2012)

  • The Ties that Bind. Siblings, Family and Society in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2018)


  • 'English Youth Groups and The Pinder of Wakefield', Past and Present, 76 (1977), 127-33. Reprinted in P Slack, ed., Rebellion, Popular Protest and the Social Order in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, 1984)
  • 'The Political Dimension of Apocalyptic Thought' in C. A. Patrides & J. Wittreich, eds., The Apocalypse in English Renaissance Thought and Literature (Manchester UP, 1984; paperback ed., 1986), 165-89.
  • 'The Fifth Monarchists and Popular Millenarianism; in J. F. McGregor and B. Reay, eds., Radical Religion in the English Revolution (OUP 1984; paperback edn., 1986), 165-89.
  • 'Popular Literature' in B. Reay, ed., Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century England (Croom Helm, London, 1985; paperback edn., Routledge 1988), 198-243.
  • 'Fear, Myth and Furore: Reappraising the Ranters', Past and Present, 140 (1993), 164-71.
  • 'The Poet and the Bawdy Court: Michael Drayton and the Lodging-House World in Early Stuart London,' The Seventeenth Century, 11 (1995), 27-37.
  • 'Separate Domains? Women and Authority in Early Modern England', in P. Griffiths, A. Fox and S. Hindle, eds., The Experience of Authority in Early Modern England (Macmillan, 1996), 117-45.
  • 'Naval Operations', in J. P. Kenyon and J. Ohlmeyer, eds., The Civil Wars. A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1638-1660 (OUP, 1998; paperback, 2002), 156-191.
  • 'The Double Standard Revisited: Plebeian Women and Male Sexual Reputation in Early Modern England', Past and Present, 162 (Feb. 1999), 70-100
  • 'Arson, Fear of Arson and Incivility in Early Modern England', in P. Burke, B. Harrison and P. Slack, eds., Civil Histories. Essays Presented to Sir Keith Thomas (OUP, 2000), 197-213.
  • 'Transplanting the Holy Land: Diggers, Fifth Monarchists and the New Israel' in The Holy Land, Holy Lands, and Christian History, ed. R. N. Swanson, Studies in Church History, 36 (Ecclesiastical History Society: Boydell Press, 2000), 288-98
  • 'Gender, Conscience and Casuistry: Women and Conflicting Obligations in Early Modern England', in H. E. Braun & E. Vallance (eds.), Contexts of Conscience in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave, 2004), 116-31, 212-14
  • 'Playgoers, Players and Cross-Dressing in Early Modern London: The Bridewell Evidence', in The Seventeenth Century, xviii (2003), 159-71
  • 'Life, Love and Litigation: Sileby in the 1630s', in Past and Present, 182 (Feb 2004), 55-83
  • 45 articles in the Oxford DNB (2004)
  • ‘Republican Reformation: women, the family, and neighbourhood in Interregnum Middlesex, 1649-60’, in The Family in Early Modern England, ed. H. Berry and E. Foyster (OUP 2007), 40-66.
  • ‘A Door of Hope Re-opened: the Fifth Monarchy, King Charles, and King Jesus’, Journal of Religious History, 32 (2008), 16-30.
  • ‘Bigamous Marriage in Early Modern England’, Historical Journal, 52 (2009), 537-56.
  • ‘Gender’, ‘Popular Culture(s)’, ‘Rebels and Revolutionaries’, in Beat Kumin (ed.), The European World 1500-1800 (Routledge, London, 2009), 33-43, 215-24, 281-90.
  • ‘Vincent Wing and Political Astrology’, Rutland Record, 30 (2010), 386-96 (the Bryan Matthews Lecture, 2009)
  • ‘Multiconfessionalism in Early Modern Britain’, in T.M. Safley, ed., A Companion to Multiconfessionalism in the Early Modern World (Leiden, 2011), 289-315.

  • ‘Cromwell and Religion in a Multi-Faith Society’, in J. Mills, ed., Cromwell’s Legacy (Manchester, 2012), 93-112.

  • ‘The Religious Marketplace: Public Disputations in Civil War and Interregnum England’, English Historical Review, 199 (2013), 47-78.

  • ‘The Travails of Agnes Beaumont’ in B. Kane and F. Williamson, eds., Women. Agency and the Law, 1300-1700 (London, 2013), 113-24.

  • ‘“Jesus Wept”. But did the Englishman? Masculinity and Emotion in Early Modern England’, Past and Present, 224 (2014), 75-108.

  • ‘The Book Trade and the Distribution of Print in the 1650s’, in J. Hinks and V. Gardner, eds., The Book Trade in Early Modern England (London, 2014), 209-28.

  • ‘Distaff Power: Plebeian Female Alliances in Ear5ly Modern England’, in C. Luckyj and N. J. O’Leary, eds. The Politics of Female Alliance in Early Modern England (Lincoln, Nebraska, 2017), 15-31.

  • ‘Naval Seamen, 1650-1700’, in Cheryl Fury, ed., The Social History of English Seamen, 1650-1815 (Woodbridge, 2017).

  • ‘Healing the Nation: Royalist Visionaries, Cromwell, and the Restoration of Charles II’, The Seventeenth Century, 33 (2018).


I continue to research the civil war period, and the family in early modern family. Four articles and essays are currently forthcoming on aspects such as childhood experiences and relationships between the generations, including issues of inheritance and disinheritance.

I have also launched a new project investigating the experiences of English slaves in North Africa in the early modern period, captured and sold by the Barbary corsairs.

External Examining


  • BA: Sheffield, Essex, Exeter
  • MA: Birkbeck College, London; Sheffield; York
  • PhD/DPhil: Aberystwyth, Cambridge, Durham, London, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, Sheffield, Sussex


  • Australia: Adelaide, Woollongong
  • Finland:Turku