Portrait of Dr  Sarah Bastow Dr Sarah Bastow

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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 and Scholarship

Sarah’s research interests are in the field of the religious history of England and Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In particular Sarah has worked on religion in the north of England. She has produced work on the activities of both Catholics and Protestants in this era reflecting her interest in the religious conflicts of the period, but also in the concept of religious toleration in the sixteenth century.

She has won the Yorkshire History Prize, Bramley Award (2000) and the Sheldon History Prize (2000). Sarah has featured on Radio 4’s ‘Making History’ on the 1569 Rebellion of the Northern Earls.

The main focus of her research on Catholics has examined the role played by gentry women and younger sons in maintaining Catholicism between the Reformation and the Civil War. She has also published on the topics of early modern masculinity in the north of England and the importance of reputation in early modern society.

The interaction between competing ideologies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is a key are of Sarah’s research and she has examined the life of Archbishop Edwin Sandys, who was a radical reforming cleric of the Elizabeth era.

She is currently working on a volume examining the nature of religious reform in the Elizabethan era focused on the role played by Edwin Sandys. She is also developing her interests in religious material culture as a new project. 

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bastow, S (2018) ‘Edwin Sandys and the Defence of the Faith: 'I think it my duty to exhort you ... defend the faith of Christ even until blood and unto death'.’. In: Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Church of England. : Truman State University Press. . ISBN 9781612481944

Ransom, A., Bastow, S. and Gazal, A. (2018) Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Elizabethan Church . : Truman State University Press.


Bastow, S (2017) ‘The Piety of Thomas Meynell: 'no thinge was spared how holy soever it was'Reading Medieval Studies , XLIII, pp. 29-54. ISSN 0950-3129


Bastow, S (2015) ‘Sin and Salvation in the sermons of Edwin Sandys: ‘Be this sin against the Lord far from me, that I should cease to pray for you’’. In: Sin and Salvation in Reformation England. : Ashgate. pp. 209-222. ISBN 9781472437365


Bastow, S (2013) ‘Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York 1577-88, ‘Stiff-Necked, Wilful And Obstinate’Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 50 (2), pp. 239-256. ISSN 0078-172X


Bastow, S (2012) ‘A Manner of Apology: Sir Robert Stapleton and Archbishop Edwin Sandys in an Elizabethan Cause CélèbreTextile History , 43 (2), pp. 147-160. ISSN 0040-4969

Bastow, S (2012) ‘An Abortive Attempt to Defend an Episcopal Reputation: The Case of Archbishop Edwin Sandys and the Innkeeper's WifeHistory , 97 (327), pp. 380-401. ISSN 0018-2648


Bastow, S (2011) ‘Book Review: Chris Evans, Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery 1660-1850 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010)North American Journal of Welsh Studies , 6 (1), pp. 62-63. ISSN 1554-8112


Bastow, S (2009) ‘The life of Edwin Sandys’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield


Bastow, S (2007) ‘Book review of 'Religious women in the Golden Age Spain: the permeable cloister', Elizabeth A. LehfeldtWomen's history review , 16 (2), pp. 271-272. ISSN 0961-2025

Bastow, S (2007) The Catholic gentry of Yorkshire 1536-1642: Resistance and accommodation . Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 0-7734-5325-3


Bastow, S (2004) ‘The Catholic gentlemen of the North: Unreformed in the age of Reformation’. In: Holiness and Masculinity in the Middle Ages. Cardiff, UK: University of Wales Press. pp. 206-221. ISBN 0708318851


Bastow, S (2003) ‘Yorkshire nunneries on the eve of the Dissolution’. In: From History to Her Story Colloquium, 5 April 2003, University of Huddersfield


Bastow, S (2002) Aspects of the history of the Catholic gentry of Yorkshire from the Pilgrimage of Grace to the First Civil War Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Bastow, S (2002) ‘Gentlemen behaving badly: disputes and disagreements amongst the Yorkshire gentry’. In: International Medieval Congress 2002: Special Thematic Strand: Exile, 8th - 11th July 2002, University of Leeds


Bastow, S (2001) ‘The Catholic Gentry and the Catholic Community of the City of York, 1536-1642: The focus of a Catholic county?York Historian (18), pp. 13-22. ISSN 0309-3743

Bastow, S (2001) ‘"Worth nothing but very wilful": Catholic Recusant women of Yorkshire, 1536-1642Recusant history , 25, p. 591. ISSN 0034-1932


Bastow, S (2000) ‘Prophecy and rebellion in the North of England’. In: International Medieval Congress, 10 - 13 July 2000, Leeds


Sarah has appeared on Radio 4’s Making History programme discussing the significance of the 1569 Rebellion.

Research Degree Supervision

Some suggested areas for potential student are:

1. History of England 1500-1700

2. Religious History of England 1500-1700.

3. Regional / Local History (Yorkshire and the North) 1500-1700

4. Early Modern Gender

5. material culture in Early Modern England

Sarah has successfully supervised both MA and PhD students. Students have worked on the following topics:  

Seventeenth century sermons in particular examining written texts, performance and the use of space.

Hospitality and religious rhetoric in Early Modern England

Religion and health in Early Modern England

Churchmen and the state in the England of Henry VIII

She would be particularly interested in students who wish to work on topics relating to the Elizabethan Settlement of religion, church hierarchy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries or gender/ behaviour/ the reformation of manners/religious material culture in the early modern era. 

Administrative Responsibilities

Sarah is Head of History and course leader for the undergraduate programmes in History. She is a personal tutor and also a coach/mentor for other academic staff.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Sarah is Head of History. She has also worked on a Teaching and Learning project to develop work based learning activities for the History and English work placement.