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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 including the year two ‘Focus Study’ module on the Tudor and Stuarts which cover the social and political history of early modern England. Her third year special subject module is ‘The Tudors’ which allows students to make an indepth 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.

Sarah's next major research project will examine the life of Archbishop Edwin Sandys, who was a radical reforming cleric of the Elizabeth era.

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 CélèbreTextile 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 WifeHistory , 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, 1536-1642Recusant 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)

4. Early Modern Gender

5. Religious History - Europe in the Reformation


Sarah is currently supervising MPhil/ PhD students working on the following theme:

- Foreign Soldiers in the Wars of the Roses

- Seventeenth century sermons in particular examining both written texts, performance and the use of space.

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 in the early modern era. 

Administrative Responsibilities

Sarah is Head of History.

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.  She teaches on the ‘Social and Political History of Early Modern England’ module for second year students. She is module leader for the third year module ‘The Tudors’.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Sarah is campus tutor for the Barnsley students on the BA (hons) History and English degree programme and the BA (hons) Humanities degree programme. She teaches on the ‘Social and Political History of Early Modern England’ module for second year students. She is module leader for the third year module ‘The Tudors’.

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