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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

Master, University of Oxford

Bachelor, University of Oxford

Keywords

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

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History Arts & Humanities
Peers Arts & Humanities
Medieval History Arts & Humanities
England Arts & Humanities
Gentry Arts & Humanities
Knight Arts & Humanities
Rise Arts & Humanities
Bede Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1998 2014

The Zaharoff Conspiracy

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

England
Conspiracy
Spies
Marriage
Mystery

The First Crusade and the Crusader States 1073-1130

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Optical character recognition
Students
Specifications
History
Resources
Medieval Period
Kingship
Medieval History
history
redundancy
resources
pupil
student

Medieval England 1042-1228

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Thrones
Medieval England
Invasion
English Society
Module

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

feudalism
grant
twelfth century
Feudalism
Land Grants

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

Conference Proceedings
Conquest
Symposium
Elites

Activities 2010 2020

  • 3 Seminar
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Rich widows and naughty knights: Sir John Sandys and social climbing in late Medieval England

Toby Purser (Speaker)
16 Jan 2020

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

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

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