Dr Sarah Bastow
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Dr Sarah Bastow is the subject area leader for History. Sarah teaches on a range of history courses, but is a specialist in medieval and early modern history. Sarah's research interests are in the field of the religious history of England and Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and this is reflected in her teaching interests.
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society and has a PGCE in post compulsory education.
She teaches on various modules at all undergraduate levels and supervises post graduate students. Sarah is one of a team of staff who teaches on the first year module ‘Britons Aboard’, which covers 1500-2000. This module focuses on examining how the people of the British Isles have interacted with other nations. She leads the year two module ‘Reformation and Revolution’. This covers the social and political history of Tudor and Stuart England. This makes extensive use of primary source materials. Her third year special subject module allows students to make an in-depth study of the reign of Elizabeth I.
Research and Scholarship
Sarah’s research interests are in the field of the religious history of England and Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In particular Sarah has worked on religion in the north of England. She has produced work on the activities of both Catholics and Protestants in this era reflecting her interest in the religious conflicts of the period, but also in the concept of religious toleration in the sixteenth century.
She has won the Yorkshire History Prize, Bramley Award (2000) and the Sheldon History Prize (2000). Sarah has featured on Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ on the 1569 Rebellion of the Northern Earls.
The main focus of her research on Catholics has examined the role played by gentry women and younger sons in maintaining Catholicism between the Reformation and the Civil War. She has also published on the topics of early modern masculinity in the north of England and the importance of reputation in early modern society.
The interaction between competing ideologies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is a key are of Sarah’s research and she has examined the life of Archbishop Edwin Sandys, who was a radical reforming cleric of the Elizabeth era.
She is currently working on a volume examining the nature of religious reform in the Elizabethan era focused on the role played by Edwin Sandys. She is also developing her interests in religious material culture as a new project.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Bastow, S (2015) ‘Sin and Salvation in the sermons of Edwin Sandys: Be this sin against the Lord far from me, that I should cease to pray for you’. In: Sin and Salvation in Reformation England. : Ashgate. . ISBN 978-1-4724-3736-5
Bastow, S (2013) ‘Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York 1577-88, Stiff-Necked, Wilful And Obstinate’ Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 50 (2), pp. 239-256. ISSN 0078-172X
Bastow, S (2012) ‘A Manner of Apology: Sir Robert Stapleton and Archbishop Edwin Sandys in an Elizabethan Cause Célèbre’ Textile History , 43 (2), pp. 147-160. ISSN 0040-4969
Bastow, S (2012) ‘An Abortive Attempt to Defend an Episcopal Reputation: The Case of Archbishop Edwin Sandys and the Innkeeper's Wife’ History , 97 (327), pp. 380-401. ISSN 0018-2648
Bastow, S (2011) ‘Book Review: Chris Evans, Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery 1660-1850 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010)’ North American Journal of Welsh Studies , 6 (1), pp. 62-63. ISSN 1554-8112
Bastow, S (2009) ‘The life of Edwin Sandys’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield
Bastow, S (2007) ‘Book review of 'Religious women in the Golden Age Spain: the permeable cloister', Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt’ Women's history review , 16 (2), pp. 271-272. ISSN 0961-2025
Bastow, S (2007) The Catholic gentry of Yorkshire 1536-1642: Resistance and accommodation . Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 0-7734-5325-3
Bastow, S (2004) ‘The Catholic gentlemen of the North: Unreformed in the age of Reformation’. In: Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages. Cardiff, UK: University of Wales Press. pp. 206-221. ISBN 0708318851
Bastow, S (2003) ‘Yorkshire nunneries on the eve of the Dissolution’. In: From History to Her Story Colloquium, 5 April 2003, University of Huddersfield
Bastow, S (2002) Aspects of the history of the Catholic gentry of Yorkshire from the Pilgrimage of Grace to the First Civil War Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.
Bastow, S (2002) ‘Gentlemen behaving badly: disputes and disagreements amongst the Yorkshire gentry’. In: International Medieval Congress 2002: Special Thematic Strand: Exile, 8th - 11th July 2002, University of Leeds
Bastow, S (2001) ‘The Catholic Gentry and the Catholic Community of the City of York, 1536-1642: The focus of a Catholic county?’ York Historian (18), pp. 13-22. ISSN 0309-3743
Bastow, S (2001) ‘"Worth nothing but very wilful": Catholic Recusant women of Yorkshire, 1536-1642’ Recusant history , 25, p. 591. ISSN 0034-1932
Bastow, S (2000) ‘Prophecy and rebellion in the North of England’. In: International Medieval Congress, 10 - 13 July 2000, Leeds
Sarah has appeared on Radio 4’s Making History programme discussing the significance of the 1569 Rebellion.
Research Degree Supervision
Some suggested areas for potential student are:
1. History of England 1500-1700
2. Religious History of England 1500-1700.
3. Regional / Local History (Yorkshire and the North) 1500-1700
4. Early Modern Gender
5. material culture in Early Modern England
Sarah has successfully supervised both MA and PhD students. Students have worked on the following topics:
Seventeenth century sermons in particular examining written texts, performance and the use of space.
Hospitality and religious rhetoric in Early Modern England
Religion and health in Early Modern England
Churchmen and the state in the England of Henry VIII
She would be particularly interested in students who wish to work on topics relating to the Elizabethan Settlement of religion, church hierarchy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries or gender/ behaviour/ the reformation of manners/religious material culture in the early modern era.
Sarah is Head of History and course leader for the undergraduate programmes in History. She is a personal tutor and also a coach/mentor for other academic staff.
Teaching and Professional Activities
Sarah is Head of History. She has also worked on a Teaching and Learning project to develop work based learning activities for the History and English work placement.