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Tim Thornton studied at New College, Oxford. In 1997 he was awarded the Royal Historical Society's David Berry Prize for his work on the Isle of Man; in 1999 he was proxime accessit for the Society's Alexander Prize for an essay on the palatinate of Durham. He was the first scholar based in a new University to win one of the Society's prizes.
Appointed Head of the Department of History, English, Languages and Media in 2003, Tim was on secondment as Head of University Centre Barnsley during 2005-6 and became Dean of the School of Music, Humanities and Media in October 2006. He was appointed Pro Vice-chancellor (Teaching and Learning) in October 2008 and then became Deputy Vice-chancellor in September 2015.
Tim Thornton works on the late medieval and early modern political and social history of the British Isles, spanning the period c. 1400-1650. He specialises in the non-English territories of the crown. His early work on Cheshire explored the palatinate’s history during the period between Richard II’s reign and the early seventeenth century. More recently, he has published on Wales, the Isle of Man, Durham and the Channel Islands, and also on the north of England during the late medieval and early modern periods. His most recent books are on political prophecy, particularly the traditions associated with Merlin, Mother Shipton and Nixon, the Cheshire prophet, and on the Channel Islands between 1370 and 1640, exploring their history in the context of relationships with Normandy, Brittany, France and England.
Tim's 2016 Joan Stevens Lecture on the Channel Islands and the courts of Westminster, from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, has recently been published. He is also currently the editor, with Harold Mytum and Mike Hoy, of volume four of the new History of the Isle of Man from Liverpool University Press, covering the period between 1406 and 1830 (which will be finished during 2017), and, with Katharine Carlton, completing a monograph on the illegitimate relationships and offspring of the northern nobility and gentry for Manchester University Press.
Thornton, T (2017) ‘Wales in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Histories: Neglect, Rediscovery, and their Implications’ Historical Research . ISSN 1468-2281
Thornton, T (2017) The Channel Islands and the Courts of Westminster from the Fourteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries . St Helier, Jersey: Société Jersiaise. ISBN 978-0902897022
Thornton, T (2016) ‘Clergy Careers in the Channel Islands, 1480-1570’. In: Paris 1259: Studies in the History and Law of Continental and Insular Normandy. : Guernsey Bar. pp. 41-53. ISBN 9780955039515
Thornton, T (2016) ‘Lancastrian rule and the resources of the prince of Wales, 145661’ Journal of Medieval History , 42, pp. 382-404. ISSN 0304-4181
Thornton, T (2015) ‘Conclusion Man: the Medieval Legacy’. In: A New History of the Isle of Man: The Medieval Period, 1000-1406. : Liverpool University Press. pp. 546-553. ISBN 978-0-853236-177
Thornton, T (2015) ‘Wales and the Crisis of the Lancastrian Monarchy’ The Welsh History Review , 27 (3), pp. 459-478. ISSN 0043-2431
Thornton, T (2014) ‘Professional recognition: promoting recognition through the Higher Education Academy in a UK higher education institution’ Tertiary Education and Management , pp. 1-14. ISSN 1358-3883
Thornton, T (2013) ‘Celebrate and support professional teachers’ InTuition - the professional journal for IfL members (15).
Thornton, T (2012) ‘Preface to Slavery in Yorkshire: Richard Oastler and the campaign against child labour in the Industrial Revolution’. In: Slavery in Yorkshire: Richard Oastler and the campaign against child labour in the Industrial Revolution. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press. p. xi-xii. ISBN 978-1-86218-107-6
Thornton, T (2012) The Channel Islands, 1370-1640: Between England and Normandy . Woodbridge: Boydell Press. ISBN 9781843837114
Carlton, K. and Thornton, T. (2011) ‘Illegitimacy and Authority in the North of England, c. 1450-1640’ Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 48 (1), pp. 23-40. ISSN 0078-172X
Thornton, T (2009) ‘Henry VIII's Progress Through Yorkshire in 1541 and its Implications for Northern Identities’ Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 46 (2), pp. 231-244. ISSN 0078-172X
Thornton, T (2009) ‘Jersey's Royal Charters of Liberties’ Jersey and Guernsey Law Review , 13 (2), pp. 186-197. ISSN 1366-9354
Thornton, T (2006) Prophecy, Politics and the People in Early Modern England . Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer. ISBN 9781843832591
Thornton, T (2005) ‘The Battle of Sandeford: Henry Tudor's understanding of the meaning of Bosworth Field’ Historical Research , 78 (201), pp. 436-442. ISSN 0951-3471
Thornton, T (2005) ‘Nationhood at the Margin: Identity, Regionality and the English Crown in the Seventeenth Century’. In: Power and the Nation in European History. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 232-47. ISBN 9780521608305
Thornton, T (2005) ‘British/English attitudes to the Norman Law of the Channel Islands in the Early Modern Period’. In: Commise 1204: studies in the History and Law of Continental and insular Normandy. Guernsey: Guernsey Bar/Barreau de Guernsey. pp. 123-132. ISBN 9780955039508
Thornton, T (2004) The Charters of Guernsey . Bognor Regis, UK: Woodfield. ISBN 9781903953655
Thornton, T (2002) ‘The English kings French islands: Jersey and Guernsey in English politics and administration, 14851642’. In: Authority and Consent in Tudor England: essays presented to C.S.L. Davies. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. . ISBN 978-0-7546-0665-9
Thornton, T (2001) ‘Fifteenth-century Durham and the problem of provincial liberties in England and the wider territories of the English crown’ Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 6th Series , 11, pp. 83-100. ISSN 1474-0648
Thornton, T (2001) ‘The Palatinate of Durham and the Maryland Charter’ The American Journal of Legal History , 45 (3), pp. 235-255. ISSN 00029319
Coote, L. and Thornton, T. (2001) ‘Merlin, Erceldoune, Nixon : a tradition of popular political prophecy’. In: New Medieval Literatures. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 117-137. ISBN 0-19-818738-6
Thornton, T (2001) Social attitudes and political structures in the fifteenth century . The fifteenth century series. Stroud: Sutton. ISBN 9780750927055
Thornton, T (2001) ‘British postgraduate research into Fifteenth-Century history’. In: Social attitudes and political structures: in the fifteenth century. Stroud: Sutton. pp. 1-12. ISBN 0750927054
Coote, L. and Thornton, T. (2000) ‘Richard, Son of Richard: Richard III and Political Prophecy’ Historical Research , 73 (182), pp. 321-330. ISSN 09503471
Thornton, T (2000) ‘Dynasty and territory in the early modern period: The Princes of Wales and their Western British inheritance’ Welsh history review , 20 (1), pp. 1-33. ISSN 0043-2431
Thornton, T (2000) ‘Cheshire: the inner citedel of Richard II's kingdom?’. In: The Reign of Richard II. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. . ISBN 0752417975
Thornton, T (2000) Cheshire and the Tudor State, 1480-1560 . Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. ISBN 978-0-86193-248-1
Thornton, T (1999) ‘The alleged French raid in the Isle of Man, 1377’ Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 35, pp. 208-213. ISSN 0078-172X
Thornton, T (1999) ‘Opposition drama and the resolution of disputes in Early Tudor England: Cardinal Wolsey and the Abbot of Chester’ Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester , 81 (1), pp. 25-48. ISSN 0301-102X
Thornton, T (1999) ‘Propaganda, political communication and the problem of English responses to the introduction of printing’. In: Propaganda: political rhetoric and identity 1300 - 2000. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. pp. 41-60. ISBN 9780750920285
Thornton, T (1999) ‘Taxing the King's dominions: the subject territories of the English Crown in the Late Middle Ages’. In: Crises, revolutions and self-sustained growth: essays in European fiscal history 1130 - 1830. Stamford: Shaun Tyas. pp. 97-109. ISBN 9781871615937
Thornton, T. and Taithe, B. (1999) Propaganda: political rhetoric and identity, 1300 - 2000 . Themes in History. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 9780750920285
Thornton, T (1998) ‘Scotland and the Isle of Man, c.1400-1625 : noble power and royal presumption in the Northern Irish Sea province’ Scottish Historical Review , 77 (1), pp. 1-30. ISSN 0036-9241
Thornton, T (1998) ‘The enemy or stranger, that shall invade their countrey’. In: War: identities in conflicts, 1400 - 2000. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. pp. 57-70. ISBN 9780750916837
Thornton, T. and Taithe, B. (1997) Prophecy: the power of inspired language in history, 1300 - 2000 . Themes in History. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 9780750913317
Thornton, T (1997) ‘Reshaping the local future : the development and uses of provincial political prophecies, 1300-1900’. In: Prophecy : the power of inspired language in history 1300-2000. Stroud: Sutton. pp. 51-70. ISBN 9780750913317
Thornton, T (1996) ‘Local equity jurisdictions in the territories of the English crown : the Palatinate of Chester, 1450-1540’. In: Courts, counties and the capital in the latter middle ages. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 27-52. ISBN 0-312-16289-8
Thornton, T (1995) ‘A Defence of the Liberties Cheshire, 14512’ Historical Research , 68 (167), pp. 338-354. ISSN 0951-3471
Thornton, T (1995) ‘Cardinal Wolsey and the Abbot of Chester: How a complex legal case in the Country Palatine casts light on the limitations of royal power in Tudor England’ History today , 45 (8), pp. 12-17. ISSN 0018-2753
Thornton, T (1993) ‘The integration of Cheshire into the Tudor nation state in the early sixteenth century’ Northern history: a review of the history of the North of England. , 23 (1), pp. 40-63. ISSN 0078-172X
Tim is currently supervising dissertations related to the political and military history of the fifteenth century, national character, and trans-Atlantic connections.
Tim is interested in potential research projects relating to the non-English territories of the crown, especially Cheshire, the Isle of Man, Durham, Wales and the bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, and to political prophecy, c. 1450-1800.