Dr Thomas Freeman

Department of History
Dr Thomas Freeman
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    +44 (0) 1206 873407

  • Location

    5NW.8.12, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By Appointment only



My interest in history goes a long way back and stems from curiosity. It began with curiosity about different cultures and religions. This rapidly led to a curiosity about the origins and developments of these cultures and beliefs. I decided to teach history, which I did in the US equivalent of a sixth-form college. I then decided to go more deeply into history, obtained a PhD and then taught history at an academic level.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Medieval and Early Modern Martyrdom

Open to supervise

Perceptions of the Middle Ages in the Early Modern Period

Open to supervise

Early Modern Historical Writing

Open to supervise

Demonic Possession and Exorcism

Open to supervise

Early Modern Colchester

Open to supervise

Film and History

Open to supervise

English Reformation

Open to supervise

Current research

Preparing an abridged edition of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs for Penguin Books.

Preparing an edition of manuscript letters of English Protestant martyrs, 1555-1558

Investigating borrowings and shared research between sixteenth century Lutheran and English historians

Reformation perceptions of the Middle Ages

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture (CS101)

  • The Making of the Modern World since 1750 (HR100)

  • Becoming a Historian (HR101)

  • Resisting Empire (HR104)

  • Europe Transformed: 1450-1750 (HR111)

  • Choosing Your Past: How to Design and Manage a Research Project (HR231)

  • The Tudors and Stuarts on Film (HR370)

  • Research Project (HR831)

  • The Public History Workshop (HR921)

  • A Global History of Food, c.1400 - c.1750 (HR925)

Previous supervision

Helen Kemp
Helen Kemp
Thesis title: Collecting, Communicating, and Commemorating: The Significance of Thomas Plume's Manuscript Collection, Left to His Library in Maldon, Est. 1704
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 15/11/2017


Journal articles (12)

Freeman, TS. and Gehring, DS., (2018). Martyrologists without boundaries: the collaboration of John Foxe and Heinrich Pantaleon. Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 69 (4), 746-767

Freeman, TS., (2018). Restoration and Reaction: Reinterpreting the Marian Church. Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 69 (1), 105-112

Freeman, TS. and Royal, S., (2015). Stranger than Fiction in the Archives: The Controversial Death of William Cowbridge in 1538. British Catholic History. 32 (4), 451-472

Freeman, TS., (2012). Bloody Mary. TLS - The Times Literary Supplement (5693), 6-6

Freeman, TS., (2010). The Power of Polemic: Catholic Responses to the Calendar in Foxe's ?Book of Martyrs?. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 61 (03), 475-495

Freeman, TS., (2009). The Rise of Prison Literature. Huntington Library Quarterly. 72 (2), 133-146

FREEMAN, THOMAS., (2006). So Much at Stake: Martyrs and Martyrdom in Early Modern England The trail of martyrdom. Persecution and resistance in sixteenth-century England. By Sarah Covington. Pp. xii+289. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. $55 (cloth), $28 (paper). 0 268 04225 X; 0 268 04226 8 Making women martyrs in Tudor England. By Megan L. Hickerson. Pp. ix+239 incl. 2 figs. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. £50. 1 4039 3833 4 Martyrdom and literature in early modern England. By Susannah Brietz Monta. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. viii+236. £55. 0 521 84498 3. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 57 (3), 535-541

FREEMAN, THOMASS., (2001). Early Modern Martyrs. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 52 (4), 696-701

FREEMAN, THOMASS., (2000). FATE, FACTION, AND FICTION IN FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS. The Historical Journal. 43 (3), 601-623

Freeman, TS., (2000). “The Good Ministrye of Godlye and Vertuouse Women”: The Elizabethan Martyrologists and the Female Supporters of the Marian Martyrs. The Journal of British Studies. 39 (01), 8-33

Freeman, TS., (1998). New Perspectives on an Old Book: The Creation and Influence of Foxe's‘Book of Martyrs'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 49 (2), 317-328

Freeman, TS., (1995). Research, rumour and propaganda: Anne Boleyn in Foxe's ‘Book of Martyrs’. The Historical Journal. 38 (4), 797-819

Books (3)

Betteridge, T. and Freeman, TS., (2012). Henry VIII and history. Routledge. 9781409400158

Doran, S. and Freeman, TS., (2011). Mary Tudor Old and New Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230004627

Evenden, E. and Freeman, TS., (2011). Religion and the Book in Early Modern England: The Making of John Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'. Cambridge University Press. 9780521833493

Book chapters (6)

Brietz Monta, S. and Freeman, TS., (2013). Holinshed and Foxe. In: The Oxford Handbook of Holinshed's Chronicles. Editors: Kewes, P., Archer, IW. and Heal, F., . Oxford University Press. 217- 234. 9780199565757

Freeman, TS., (2013). One Survived: The Account of Katherine Parr in Foxe?s ?Book of Martyrs?. In: Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance. Editors: Betteridge, T. and Lipscomb, S., . Ashgate. 235- 254. 9781409411857

Freeman, TS. and Monta, S., (2013). The Style of Authorship in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments. In: The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1500-1640. Editors: Hadfield, A., . Oxford University Press. 522- 543. 978-0-19-958068-2

Betteridge, T. and Freeman, TS., (2012). Introduction: All is true - Henry VIII in and out of history. In: Henry VIII and History. Editors: Betteridge, T. and Freeman, TS., . Routledge. 1- 19. 9781409400158

Freeman, TS., (2012). Hands defiled with blood: Henry VIII in Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'. In: Henry VIII and History. Editors: Betteridge, T. and Freeman, TS., . Routledge. 87- 118. 9781409400158

Freeman, TS., (2011). Burning Zeal: Mary Tudor and the Marian Persecution. In: Mary Tudor Old and New Perspectives. Editors: Doran, S. and Freeman, TS., . Palgrave Macmillan. 171- 205. 9780230004627

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5NW.8.12, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By Appointment only