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Professor Jackie Eales

Professor and Faculty Director of Research

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921660

Profile summary

Jackie first got hooked on History at primary school and has been inhaling deeply ever since. She studied at London University, where Conrad Russell cured her obsession with the Tudors, but she is now obsessed with the English Civil Wars instead. She taught at London University and the University of Kent, before the historians at Christ Church offered her asylum. She was President of the Historical Association (HA) from 2011 to 2014. 

She is very impressed by Elizabeth I, Elizabeth Fry and Edith Cavell. She is currently researching the History of Canterbury during the Civil Wars (1640-49) and Seventeenth Century clergy wives and daughters.

Research and knowledge exchange

She is also Director of the John Hayes| Canterbury 1641 Project, which is supported by the John Hayes Trust, the William Urry Fund and Canterbury Archaeological Society. The Project is based on the 1641 poll tax return for Canterbury, which lists all heads of households and their adult dependents living inside the city walls in 1641. The Project will trace the allegiance and experiences of the inhabitants of the city during the civil wars using petitions, wills and related material. The Project is inspired by the work of John Hayes, a former Head of History at Christ Church, whose own research centred both on Urban History and the History of Canterbury.  For more details of the Canterbury 1641 Project follow this link.|

Teaching and subject expertise

Undergraduate teaching responsibilities

  • Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada Part of the Snapshots in History Module (Year 1)
  • The Monstrous Regiment Women in Tudor and Stuart England 1485-1714 and the accompanying linked module Sex, Deviance and Death (Year 2)
  • The English Revolution 1625-89, and the accompanying linked module, Sources for the English Civil War 1640-60 (Year 3)

External activities

Jackie is a Member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC. She is also a Trustee and Council Member of the Historical Association and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Historical Association in 2016. The Historical Association is the major national organisation representing the case for an historical education to policy makers and ministers. There are over 53 local branches of the HA across the country, including one in Canterbury, with lively programmes of lectures and historical visits. For more on the HA, visit http://www.history.org.uk/

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Publications and research outputs

As a postgraduate at London University with Conrad Russell as her supervisor, Jackie wrote a PhD thesis on the puritan Harleys of Herefordshire and their godly local and national networks during the civil wars. This was published in 1990 by Cambridge University Press as Puritans and Roundheads: The Harleys of Brampton Bryan and the Outbreak of the English Civil War and was runner up in the 1991 Royal Historical Society Whitfield Prize Competition. The book challenged the traditional interpretation of county history during the civil wars as gentry dominated and locally-minded by arguing that religious networks provided an alternative and national set of allegiances during the civil wars.  Jackie's subsequent research has focussed on Puritanism and the Parliamentarian party. She has also published widely on the history of Kent during the civil wars and has written a series of articles revising Alan Everitt's interpretation of Kent as a moderate county during the period.  

Jackie has also published on women's history in the early modern period, including Women in Tudor and Stuart England (Routledge, 1998).  In addition, she has acted as an advisory editor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in order to include more women in the DNB.

Recent publiciations 

‘Religion in Times of War and Republic, 1642-1660’ in  Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox eds., The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion (Oxford, 2017), pp. 84-101.

‘Anne and Thomas Fairfax and the Vere Connection’ in A. Hopper and Philip Major eds., England’s Fortress: New Perspectives on Thomas, Lord Fairfax (Ashgate, 2014), pp. 145-168.

'An Ancient Mother in our Israel: Mary, Lady Vere (1581-1671)' in Elizabeth Scott-Baumann and Johanna Harris eds, The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women, 1558-1680 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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