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Ward Clavier
University of the West of England, Bristol
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Political culture, Anglicanism, royalism, subversion, clergy, Interregnum, Wales, bishops, Anglicans abroad, Welsh book history; early modern news networks; manuscript newsletters
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About Me

I am interested in early modern Wales, particularly in news networks, Anglicanism, and royalism from 1500 to 1700. My DPhil focused on the conservative social, religious, and political culture of North-East Wales, using evidence from material objects to parish registers, correspondence, books, and buildings.

I am currently developing my doctoral thesis into a monograph, to be published with Boydell & Brewer, as well as working on a long-term research project on the ejected episcopalian clergy of the 1650s. This project explores the spiritual and material deprivation of the clergy, their relationship to the laity they served, and their actions to preserve the Church of England during the Commonwealth and Protectorate.

I am Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at UWE, Bristol. I received my doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2017. I am a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society for Renaissance Studies, and the Church of England Record Society.

Recent Publications

Articles and Books:

Royalism, Religion, and Revolution: NorthEastWales, 1640-1715 (contracted to Boydell & Brewer).

‘God’s Vigilant Watchmen: The Words of Episcopalian Clergy in Wales, 1646-1660’ in Fiona McCall (ed.), Church and People in Interregnum Britain (London, in production).

‘The Restoration episcopacy and the Interregnum: autobiography, suffering, and professions of faith’ in Elliot Vernon (ed.), Church Polity in the British Atlantic World, c.1636-1688 (Manchester, 2020).

‘Accounting for Lives: Autobiography and Biography in the Accounts of Sir Thomas Myddelton, 1642–1666’, The Seventeenth Century, (2019).

‘Responses to godly government in North-East Wales, 1646-1660: gentility, religion and Royalist political activity’Welsh History Review, vol. 29:1 (2018).

“Round-head Knaves”: The Ballad of Wrexham and the subversive political culture of Interregnum North-East Wales’, Historical Research, vol. 90, no. 251 (2018), pp. 39-60.

‘”God Almighty sanctifie thes afflictive providences to us”: The Life-Writing of Robert Salusbury of Henllan’, Denbighshire Historical Transactions, vol. 65 (2017), pp. 11-30.


Review of Densil Morgan, Theologia Cambrensis: Protestant Religion and Theology in Wales. Vol. I: From Reformation to Revival 1588-1760 (Cardiff, 2018), Journal of Ecclesiastical Studies, 70:3 (2019), pp. 634-6.

Review of Courtney Erin Thomas, If I Lose Mine Honour I Lose Myself: Honour Among the Early Modern English Elite (University of Toronto Press, 2017), Renaissance Studies (2018).

Review of Judith Pollmann, Memory in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 (OUP, 2017), Reviews in History, February 2018,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Wales; Britain
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 6
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion