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Professor Mark Knights

Mark Knights  

Contact Information

Room: H309
Tel: 024 76574690

Click here to read my blog about Corruption past and present

Academic Profile

  • PhD (1990) Oxford University
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Parliamentary History
  • Project Champion for the JISC funded Virtual Research Environment for the History of Political Discourse 1500-1800
  • Principal Investigator for a British Academy funded project to explore words and concepts in early modern Britain
  • Principal Investigator for an AHRC-funded Early Modern Forum for Early Modern Studies, which links Warwick with international partners such as Yale, The Sorbonne, Vanderbilt, Boston, The Huntington Library and USC.

I have recently appeared in a number of TV programmes, including Who Do You Think You Are?

Undergraduate Modules Taught


Postgraduate Modules Taught
  • In 2012 I was voted 'Best Postgraduate Tutor' by students - nominations for their 'Stars of Warwick' came from across the whole University


Selected Publications
  • The Devil in Disguise: Delusion, Deception and Fanaticism in the Early English Enlightenment (OUP, 2011). For details click here
  • Representation and Misrepresentation in Later Stuart Britain: Partisanship and Political Culture (OUP, 2005 hardback, 2006 paperback)
  • The Entring Book of Roger Morrice 1677-1691 vol 5 (Boydell and Brewer, 6 vols, vol. 6 2007)
  • many entries in The House of Commons 1690-1715 (eds. Hayton, Cruickshanks and Handley, CUP 2002)
  • Politics and Opinion in Crisis, 1678-1681 (CUP, 1994)



I work on the political culture of early modern Britain c.1550 - c.1850, with particular interests in the integration of political and social history, the nature of public discourse, the role of print, and the interaction of politics, literature and ideas. For recent publications please see research. I am currently researching:

  • Corruption in Britain and its colonies, from the Reformation to Reform
  • The history of early modern words and concepts - for more details about the project see
  • Early modern petitioning
  • The life and works of James Boevey, merchant philosopher
  • Booksellers and the freedom of the press in early modern Britain
  • Stereotypes
  • The memoirs of an early eighteenth century rake
Current Research Topics Supervised (PhD)
  • Jake Halford: Dialogues in seventeenth and early eighteenth century Britain
  • Gareth Davies: Marriage strategies in the long Eighteenth Century
  • Han Zhao: The emotion of Shame 1650-1750
  • Naomi Wood: Quaker women and everyday life in Britain and New England

    Recently completed:
    • Dave Hitchcock: Vagrancy in England 1650-1750
    • David Beck: Natural Histories
    • Cherry Ann Knott: The building of Sudbury Hall
    • Numerous MA disseratations on aspects of early modern history, including 'the self in the eighteenth century', 'the eighteenth century rogue', 'early modern counsel', 'the political discourse of immigration' and 'early modern iconoclasm'.