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Professor John Coffey

He is Professor of Early Modern History and Head of The School of History at the University of Leicester, with a particular interest in the rich and complex history of Protestantism in Britain and America. He read History at Cambridge and did his PhD (on the Scottish Covenanter, Samuel Rutherford) at Churchill College, where he became a Junior Research Fellow in 1994.

After a year as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London in 1998-99, he moved to the School of Historical Studies. Since coming to Leicester, he has published on various aspects of early modern Protestant culture: toleration debates, the English Revolution, Puritanism, Evangelicalism, and antislavery.

His most recent book is Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. (2013). It surveys the political use of the Exodus story and the idea of Jubilee from the Reformation and early modern revolutions to abolitionism and the African American freedom struggle. He is also part of a team working on a five-volume critical edition of a major seventeenth-century memoir, Richard Baxter’s Reliquiae Baxterianae (1696).

Most Recent Publications

  1. Exodus and Liberation: Deliverance  Politics from John Calvin to Martin Luther King Jr. (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  2. (co- editor with A. Chapman and B. Gregory) Seeing Things their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009)
  3. (co-editor with P. C. H. Lim) The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  4. John Goodwin and the Puritan Revolution (Boydell and Brewer, 2006)


Listen to his talk on Puritanism and Revolution: Norfolk Independents in the English Civil War. The case of John & Thomas Goodwin

Professor John Coffey

Professor John Coffey