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Biography

Following my academic studies (BA, Masters and PhD in medieval History) I moved from post-doctoral research into secondary school teaching (11-18 History) from 2001-2012; then FE Lecturer (History) 2012-13; before rejoining Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer (Education Studies) at the University of Northampton 2013- present. I was 'A' level examiner for History and authored four textbooks for GCSE and A level (Medieval England 2004; Raiders and Invaders, Power and Control 2006; The First Crusade and the Crusader States 2010 all published by Pearson).I am also a fiction author and my novel The Zaharoff Conspiracy was published by Methuen in 2014. I am currently writing a history of medieval England, titled The Making of England: from Rome to Reformation, due for publication in 2021 with Amberley Publishers.

Research Interests

History of Education (curricula, pedagogy, great educators); Medieval History (gentry communities, government and politics, social history); history of England; social and political history, current History teaching pedagogy and curricula. I am interested in inter-disciplinary research, particularly archaeology, literature and historical records.

Teaching Interests

History of Education; curriculum studies; politics and culture; schooling strutures and organisations. Medieval History, history of childhood, heritage and education.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Award Date: 1 Oct 2001

Master, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 1994

Bachelor, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

Keywords

  • LA History of education
  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • L Education (General)

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Research Output

The Zaharoff Conspiracy

Purser, T., 27 Mar 2014, York: Methuen. 323 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • The First Crusade and the Crusader States 1073-1130

    Purser, T., 23 Jun 2010, Heinemann. 168 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Medieval England 1042-1228

    Purser, T., 15 Nov 2004, Heinemann. 240 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • The Origins of English Feudalism? An Episcopal Land-Grant Revisited

    Purser, T., 16 Dec 2002, In : Historical Research. 73, 180, p. 80-92 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • William FitzOsbern, Earl of Hereford: Personality and Power on the Welsh Frontier, 1066-1071

    Purser, T., 22 Jun 1998, Armies, Chivalry and Warfare in Medieval Britain and France: Harlaxton Medieval Studies. Strickland, M. (ed.). 1 ed. Stamford: Paul Watkins, Vol. VII. p. 133-146 14 p. (Harlaxton Medieval Studies; vol. VII).

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Activities

    • 3 Invited talk
    • 3 Seminar
    • 2 Oral presentation

    The Making of England

    Toby Purser (Invited speaker)

    11 Mar 2021

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    What is Education Studies?

    Toby Purser (Speaker)

    10 Mar 2020

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationTeaching

    Bede or Beowulf? The hidden narratives of Medieval History in the secondary school curricula

    Toby Purser (Speaker)

    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

    What is Education Studies?

    Toby Purser (Speaker)

    24 Apr 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationTeaching

    Writing historical fiction

    Toby Purser (Speaker)

    9 Sep 2014

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    Turning His(stories) into Research: Mythology, legends and literature

    Toby Purser (Speaker)

    Jul 2014

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

    The Hampshire County Community: knights and esquires of the late fourteenth century

    Toby Purser (Speaker)

    2010

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    Press / Media

    Will no-one rid me of this troublesome priest?

    Toby Purser

    8/06/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media

    Review of The Zaharoff Conspiracy (novel)

    Toby Purser

    8/05/14

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media

    Thesis

    The County Community of Hampshire c1300-c1530 with special reference to the knights and esquires

    Author: Purser, T., Jun 2001

    Supervisor: Hicks, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis