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

Perceptions of the Middle Ages in the Early Modern Period

Early Modern Historical Writing

Demonic Possession and Exorcism

Early Modern Colchester

Film and History

English Reformation

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

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

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

  • Europe Transformed: 1450-1750 (HR111)

  • Approaches to History (HR211)

  • 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)


Journals (12)

Freeman, TS., (2018). Restoration and Reaction: Reinterpreting the Marian Church. Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 69 (01)

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)

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

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)

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

Freeman, T., (2006). So Much at Stake: Martyrs and Martyrdom in Early Modern England. Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 57 (3)

FREEMAN, TS., (2001). Early Modern Martyrs. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 52 (04)

Freeman, T., (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)

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

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)

Freeman, TS., (1995). Research, rumour and propaganda: Anne Boleyn in Foxe's ‘Book of Martyrs’*. The Historical Journal. 38 (04)

Freeman, TS. and Gehring, DS., Martyrologists without boundaries: the collaboration of John Foxe and Heinrich Pantaleon. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Chapters (5)

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

Freeman, TS., (2012). Hands defiled with blood: Henry VIII in Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'. In: Henry VIII and History. 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

Books (4)

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

Betteridge, T. and Freeman, TS., (2012). Introduction: All is true - Henry VIII in and out of history. 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

+44 (0) 1206 873407


5NW.8.12, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By Appointment only