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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 Expertise and Interests

  • Catholic history
  • Reformation
  • gender history
  • Edwin Sandys
  • Recusancy
  • Early Modern History
  • Northern History
  • Elizabethan
  • Tudor
  • religious history of early modern era
  • Catholic women
  • Early modern rebellion
  • Pilgrimage of Grace
  • 1569 Rebellion

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Research Output

  • 5 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 3 Book
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Dance Article review

Book Review: Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe

Bastow, S., 1 Aug 2020, In : Cultural and Social History. 17, 2, p. 264-266 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

  • Edwin Sandys and the Reform of English Religion

    Bastow, S. L., 29 Aug 2019, 1 ed. New York & Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 214 p. (Routledge Research in Early Modern History)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Elizabethan Church

    Ranson, A. (ed.), Gazal, A. (ed.) & Bastow, S. (ed.), Nov 2018, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press. 352 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Edwin Sandys and the Defence of the Faith

    Bastow, S., Nov 2018, Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Church of England. Ranson, A., Gazal, A. & Bastow, S. (eds.). Penn State University Press, p. 224-241 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Piety of Thomas Meynell: 'no thinge was spared how holy soever it was'

    Bastow, S., 23 Nov 2017, In : Reading Medieval Studies. XLIII, p. 29-54 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access


    • 4 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 3 Oral presentation

    Heroic narratives in the Age of Reformation

    Sarah Bastow (Speaker)

    30 Aug 20181 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity - 1400-1600

    Sarah Bastow (Organiser) & Katherine Lewis (Organiser)

    11 Apr 201712 Apr 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Catholic Male Piety in Post-Reformation England

    Sarah Bastow (Speaker)

    14 Sep 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Transforming Male Devotional Practices

    Sarah Bastow (Organiser)

    16 Sep 201517 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Defending the Faith Conference

    Sarah Bastow (Organiser)

    16 Sep 201417 Sep 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    The Northern Rebellion of 1569

    Sarah Bastow


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment