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Toby Purser


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Following my academic studies (BA, MA and PhD in Medieval History) I qualified in secondary school teaching (11-18 History) and from 2001-2012 held roles in middle and senior management before going into FE Lecturing (History) in 2012-13 and 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 2022 with Amberley Publishers and acting as Historical advisor to an exhibition of Magna Carta in Washington DC, July 2021 with Hawkwood International. 

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


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


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