School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Morton

Lecturer in the History of Britain


Adam arrived in Newcastle in 2014, having previously worked at the universities of Oxford, Warwick and York. His work focusses on Reformation Britain, which he defines as ‘very long’ by seeing its concerns spreading into the early eighteenth century. The explicit focus of his research considers the cultural impact of Protestantism, the development of anti-Catholicism, the inter-related nature of tolerance and intolerance, and the impact of Reformed theology upon visual and material cultures. These research interests are the focus of his PhD thesis, which he is currently revising for publication.

Adam has broader research interests in the study of laughter, tolerance and intolerance, the history of the book, and the experience of belief in early modern England. He is also attached to the HERA-funded project ‘Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities, 1500-1800’ led by a team of researchers in Oxford, Lund, and Wolfenbüttel. His research on this project focuses on the cultural impact and confessional strains wrought by the marriage of Charles II of England to Catherine of Braganza, his Portuguese wife. This research includes working on a diverse body of source material, from state papers, literature, news media and material culture.

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Adam has research interests in the 'long Reformation' in Britain, print and visual culture, satire and laughter, anti-Catholicism and toleration. He would be delighted to supervise PhD study in any of these fields and welcomes all enquiries about post-graduate research.

He suggests that the following topics are particularly ripe for study:

- Gender in the long Reformation

- The representation of royal births and deaths in Tudor and Stuart Britain

- anti-Catholicism in England c.1580-1850

- Popular Anglicanism 1660-1700

- Early modern stereotypes

- Assessments of dialogue and contradictions between religious and natural philosophical conceptions of the senses in the seventeenth centuries.

- Protestantism's relationship with rhetoric

- The circulation of bible stories in cheap print


These are suggested topics and are meant to be indicative of the types of materials and areas which Adam is keen to supervise. He is, however, highly keen to hear suggested research topics from prospective graduate students.


- Aspects of British History

- Elizabeth I: the Politics of Religion

- Reading History: Diane Purkiss, The Witch in History

Tudor Religion: Continuity and Conflict in England, c. 1470-1558

Pathway in British History

- Ideas and Influences in British History