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Prof Ted Vallance

Prof Ted Vallance

Professor of early modern British political culture

Department of Humanities


I studied history at Balliol College, Oxford where I completed a doctorate on oaths of allegiance in seventeenth-century England. In 2000 I was appointed De Velling Willis Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Since then I have taught at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. In September 2009 joined Roehampton as Reader in Early Modern History.


MA D.Phil (Oxon)

Research interests

I am interested in the political and religious history of seventeenth-century England, especially during its two revolutions. Specific areas of interest include political and religious radicalism (including its subsequent influence and public memory), questions of allegiance/obedience/loyalty, the role of the conscience and the use of casuistry in political debates, and the emergence of the public and public opinion.

I am happy to supervise PhD projects on any aspect of early modern English history, but especially in the areas of popular politics, print culture, political ideas and religious controversy. I would be particularly keen to work with doctoral students on PhD projects relating to the historiography and memory of the civil wars and revolution or on projects using 'subscriptional texts' such as oath returns, petitions and addresses. PhD topics previously supervised include witchcraft in early modern Lancashire, the visual language of kingship in seventeenth-century England and the Queen's House, Greenwich 1603-1642.

Research projects undertaken

I am currently working on two research projects. The first explores the construction of popular loyalty in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England, focusing on the use of loyal addresses (petition-like documents sent by communities to both Parliament and the Crown.) This will form the basis of my next monograph, provisionally entitled 'The Voice of the Kingdom', to be published by Manchester University Press. As part of this project, I am also examining the last exercise in mass public oath-taking in early modern England, the oaths of allegiance to George I tendered in 1723. Thanks to the support of the Marc Fitch Fund, I have been given some funding to produce an electronic finding list of these documents which are of great value to family and local historians as well as to those interested in the history of loyalty and allegiance. The project has its own website which includes the most up to date version of the finding list. Comments and new information can be added to a copy of the list which can be found here.

My second project investigates the subsequent impact, memory and representation of the radicalism of the English Revolution and, having researched the 'afterlife' of the Leveller leader John Lilburne, I am now exploring the commemoration of the English regicides (the men who signed Charles I's death warrant.) You can listen to a podcast of a recent lecture I gave on the subject here. As part of this research I have recently been awarded a visiting fellowship at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University to explore the papers of the eighteenth-century historian of the regicides, Mark Noble. As part of this project, I am also editing a collaborative monograph on the memory of early modern revolutions, under contract with Routledge.

I am also involved in a collaborative project with colleagues at Edge Hill University, funded by the Higher Education Academy, which looks at developing undergraduate history students' research skills through online learning platforms. You can find out more about that project and the project members here. You can explore a number of resources and tools developed through the project by enrolling on our 'Historical Enquiry' moodle site here. (Click on 'create new account' and follow the set-up instructions, then self-enroll on the 'Historical Enquiry' module). Our research was featured on an August 2014 edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Making History'. A link to the episode can be found here.

For more on my current research and PDF files of recent publications, please see my page.

Membership of professional bodies

AHRC Peer Review College Member

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Historical Association Member

Consultancy experience

The history of early modern England, especially the civil wars and the revolution of 1688. I also have broader interests in the history of radicalism and protest in Britain.

Consultancies undertaken

I acted as a historical consultant on the BBC documentary 'Roundhead or Cavalier?' (first broadcast May 2012). I have also appeared as a contributor on a number of historical programmes on British, Dutch and French radio and television, including two episodes of 'Who Do You Think You Are?', the most recent, featuring Nick Hewer, broadcast August 2013.

Teaching interests

I teach on both Roehampton's BA and MA History programmes. I am also research degrees convenor for Humanities and am involved in the teaching and development of our distance learning MA pathway.My modules include our core year one history course, the Independent History Research Project, a year two course on later Stuart political culture, Sex, Lies and Cheap Print, and a third-year module on the civil war, Radicalism in the English Revolution. My MA module, Ritual, Riot and Rebellion gives students the opportunity to explore popular politics through direct engagement with key documentary sources for the study of popular political culture.


Taught courses




Historical Research MA PGDip






Edward Vallance, (2013), 'Polychronicon: The unrevolutionary revolution? Interpreting the revolution of 1688', Teaching History, 151, pp. 18-19.

Edward Vallance, (2012) 'Re-born John: The Eighteenth-Century Afterlife of John Lilburne', History Workshop Journal, 74, pp. 1-26.

Ted Vallance with Peter Mandler and Sean Lang (2011), 'Debate: Narrative in School History', Teaching History, 145, pp. 22-30

Ted Vallance (2011), 'Thomas Paine and Monarchical Republicanism', Journal of Radical History of the Thomas Paine Society, 10, 4 (2011), pp. 1-12

Ted Vallance (2009), 'The Captivity of James II: Gestures of Loyalty and Disloyalty in Seventeenth-Century England', Journal of British Studies, vol. 48, issue 4, pp. 848-58

Edward Vallance (2009) 'The Dangers of Prudence: salus populi, suprema lex, Robert Sanderson and the "Case of the Liturgy"'. Renaissance Studies, vol 23 issue 4 pp 534-551

Edward Vallance (2009) 'Rebels, Radicals and 'Lukewarm' Republicans in Early Modern England'. English Historical Review vol CXXIV issue 509 pp 895-908 (Review article)

Edward Vallance (2003) 'The Kingdom's Case: The Use of Casuistry as a Political Language: 1640-1692'. Albion vol 34 issue 4 pp 557-83

Edward Vallance (2002) 'Preaching to the Converted: Religious Justifications for the English Civil War'. Huntington Library Quarterly vol 65 pp 395-419

Edward Vallance (2002) 'Protestation, Vow, Covenant and Engagement: Swearing Allegiance in the English Civil War'. Historical Research vol 75 issue 190 pp 408-24

Edward Vallance (2002) 'Loyal or Rebellious? Protestant Associations in England, 1584-1696 '. The Seventeenth Century vol 17 issue 1 pp 1-24

Edward Vallance (2001) 'Oaths, Casuistry and Equivocation: Anglican Responses to the Engagement Controversy'. Historical Journal vol 44 issue 1 pp 59-77

Edward Vallance (2001) ' "An Holy and Sacramental Paction": Federal Theology and the Solemn League and Covenant in England.' English Historical Review vol 116 pp 50-75



Edward Vallance (2009) A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries, the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedoms. Little, Brown and Co, London

Edward Vallance (2006) The Glorious Revolution: 1688 and Britain's Fight for Liberty. Little, Brown and Co, London

Edward Vallance (2005) Revolutionary England and the National Covenant: State Oaths Protestantism and the Political Nation. Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge

Book Contributions

Edward Vallance (2015), 'Political Thought: Liberty in the English Revolution', in The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, ed. M. Braddick,Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

 Edward Vallance (2015), ' "The Insane Enthusiasm of the Time": Remembering the Regicides in Eighteenth - and Nineteenth-Century Britain and North America', in L. Currelly and N. Smith eds., Radical Voices, Radical Ways: Articulating and Disseminating Radical Ideas in Seventeenth - and Eighteenth-Century Britain, Manchester University Press, forthcoming.

Edward Vallance (2014) 'Harrington, Petitioning and the Construction of Public Opinion' in G. Mahlberg and D. Wiemann eds., Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism, Ashgate, chapter 7.

Edward Vallance, (2013) 'Invasion and Threat' in Q. Colville ed., Navy, Nation and Nelson, 1688-1815, Conway, chapter 1

Edward Vallance, (2012) 'Oaths, Covenants, Associations and the Agreements of the People: The Road to and from Putney', in P. Baker and E. Vernon eds., The Agreements of the People: The Levellers, the Army and the Constitutional Crisis of the English Revolution, Palgrave, ch. 1.

Ted Vallance, 'Royalist Absolutism in the 1650s: The Case of Robert Sheringham' (November 2011), C. Cuttica and G. Burgess eds., Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe, Pickering and Chatto, pp. 33-47

Edward Vallance, (2011) '"From the Hearts of the People": Loyalty, Addresses and the Public Sphere in the Exclusion Crisis', in T. Claydon and T. Corns eds., Religion, Culture and the National Community in the 1670s, University of Wales Press, ch. 6.

Edward Vallance. (2004) co-authored introduction and ch. 6 'The Decline of Conscience as a Political Guide: William Higden's View of the English Constitution (1709)'. In: H. Braun and E. Vallance ed(s). Contexts of Conscience in Early Modern Europe. Basingstoke, Palgrave.

Edward Vallance. (2004) 20 articles including Henry Maurice, Benjamin Woodroffe, and William Lancaster. In: Brian Harrison ed(s). Oxford Dictionary of National biography. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Books (Edited)

H. E. Braun and E. Vallance. ed(s) (2011) The Renaissance Conscience. Wiley-Blackwell/Renaissance Studies, London

H. E. Braun and Edward Vallance, ed(s) (2004) Contexts of Conscience in Early Modern Europe. Palgrave, Basingstoke


I have reviewed books for the following scholarly journals: Journal of Ecclesiastical History: Journal of Interdisciplinary History; Journal for Maritime Research; Journal of Modern History; Journal of British Studies; English Historical Review; History of Political Thought; Canadian Journal of History; American Historical Review; Eighteenth-Century Studies; H-Ideas; H-Albion, War in History. I have also contributed reviews to BBC History Magazine, History Today, Literary Review and New Statesman


Magazine Articles

Ted Vallance (2014), 'Lessons from history: Beware the politics of commemoration', BBC History Magazine, March

Ted Vallance (2013), 'Lessons from history: Can MPs be trusted to think for themselves?', BBC History Magazine, August

Edward Vallance (2012), 'What would Britain look like if Cromwell had caught Charles II?', The Guardian, 9 March 2012

Ted Vallance (2011), 'In the Name of the People', BBC History Magazine, 12, p. 35

Ted Vallance (2011), 'PJ Harvey has brilliantly evoked a nation built on bloodshed', The Guardian, 9 September.

Ted Vallance (2011), 'Londoners: Rioting Through the Ages', Al-Jazeera English, published August 9.

Edward Vallance (2010) 'Digging for Britain' BBC History Magazine, June 

Edward Vallance (2009) 'Thomas Paine: Made in England'. BBC History Magazine, June, pp 41-45

Ted Vallance (2009) 'Off with their heads.' New Statesman, 9 July, pp 18-20

Ted Vallance (2009) 'Burning Down the House'. New Statesman, 8 June, pp 22-26

Edward Vallance (2008) 'The Glorious Revolution: Essential Reading List.' BBC History Magazine, November, pp 92

Ted Vallance (2008) 'Sworn to the Queen.' New, 14 March , pp n/a

Ted Vallance (2008) 'A bodice-tightening yarn'. New, 21 November, pp N/A

Edward Vallance (2008) 'The rights of man'. BBC History Magazine, October, pp 86

Ted Vallance (2008) 'Tracing Ancestors Using Oaths of Allegiance.' BBC Who Do You Think Are? Magazine, February, pp 26-27

Ted Vallance (2008) 'Finding Georgian Ancestors'. BBC Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, February, pp 21-5

Ted Vallance (2008) 'A bill of rights for Britain?' New, 24 September, pp n/a

Ted Vallance (2007) 'Magna Carta for Sale'. New, 14th December, pp n/a

Edward Vallance (2007) 'The Glorious Revolution'. BBC, December, pp 1-6

Ted Vallance (2007) 'Celebrating England's radical history.' New, 23 May, pp. n/a

Ted Vallance (2007) 'The Levellers' Legacy'. BBC History Magazine, October, pp 37-39

E. Vallance (2006) 'A not so bloodless revolution'. BBC History Magazine, March, pp 12-17

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