Professor Tim Thornton
Tel: 01484 473085
Tim works on the late medieval and early modern political and social history of the British Isles, spanning the period c. 1400-1650. He specialises in the non-English territories of the crown. He teaches on the foundation-level module Last Centuries of the Middle Ages; at intermediate level he teaches Social and Political History of Early Modern England, a course on the political, social and religious history of the period 1485-1660; and at honours level a special subject on the politics of Henry VIII's reign.
Tim studied at New College, Oxford, where he was awarded a first in Modern History and later completed his DPhil, under the supervision of Dr Christopher Haigh.
In 1997 Tim was awarded the Royal Historical Society's David Berry Prize for his work on the Isle of Man; in 1999 he was proxime accessit for the Society's Alexander Prize for an essay on the palatinate of Durham. He was the first scholar based in a new University to win one of the Society's prizes, and only the second person to be recognised in two of the Society's awards. In 2001 he won the Yorkshire History Prize for an essay on the visit of Henry VIII to Yorkshire in 1541.
Tim received his MBA in 2005.
Appointed Head of the Department of History, English, Languages and Media in 2003, Tim was on secondment as the first Head of University Centre Barnsley during 2005-6 and became Dean of the School of Music, Humanities and Media in October 2006. He was appointed as PVC in October 2008.
Tim is the author of numerous books and articles on late medieval and early modern history, including Cheshire and the Tudor State, 1480-1560 (2000), Prophecy, Politics and the People in Early Modern England (2006), and The Channel Island, 1370 - 1640: Between England and Normandy (2012).
Membership of Professional Organisations
Tim is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also General Editor of the Chetham Society, one of the oldest history publishing societies in Britain, founded in 1843 to publish 'Remains Historical and Literary connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancashire and Chester'.