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Name: Liz Round

PhD: History

Thesis Title: "'Shiten shepherde and a clene sheep?' Clergy-lay relationships in seventeenth-century Herefordshire"


Thesis Description:

In the seventeenth century, and for the first time, clergymen had to deal with a range of dissenting attitudes. This project will analyse the disagreements that arose between clergymen and their parishioners, the strategies used to manage them, and the lay response; in short, the politics within the parishes. The project will focus on Herefordshire in the 1625-1700 period, spanning the tumult of the civil war and restoration, and will include studies of Herefordshire’s surviving buildings from the period, and landscape studies as well as the more usual archival sources.


Supervisors and Institutions:

Dr Andrew Hopper, University of Leicester

Dr David Appleby, University of Nottingham

Dr Chris King, University of Nottingham


  • E. Round, ‘Cursneh Hill: using antiquarian texts to explore local legends’, The Local Historian, 46:1 (January, 2016), pp. 4-14.


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

year: 2017

  • 19th April 2017: Leominster Historical Society: 'The Battle of Cursneh Hill: Confirming a local myth', local history society talk.
  • 28th April 2017:  ‘“A very slave to my lust”: Deviance, love and the clergy in seventeenth-century Stanton Lacy’ at the University of Worcester 2017 Early Modern Research Group Postgraduate Conference on 'Corruption: Deviation, Degradation, and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period'.
  • 29th April 2017: 'Love, politics and a naughty vicar: Stanton Lacy in the seventeenth century', general public talk.
  • 16th May 2017: 'Legitimising notions and the Clubmen in Hereford, 1645', at the University of Leicester 2017 Postgraduate conference.

year: 2016

  • 17th May 2016: ‘“Every step thou makest in sin, brings thee in greater danger”: The penitential sermon of Robert Foulkes’ at the University of Leicester 2016 Postgraduate Conference.

  • 26th May 2016: ‘“Paid at Heriford faier for a loine of mutton”: Place in the Household Accounts of Joyce Jefferys’ at the Nottingham Trent University 2016 Postgraduate Conference.
  • 13th September 2016: Ashford Carbonell, Shropshire: ‘Richard’s Castle vs Ludlow Town: The early history of two planted settlements’, general public talk.
  • 12th November 2016: Woolhope Club, Hereford, Herefordshire: 'Bloody Discontent: The Herefordshire arm of the Wyatt Rebellion, 1554', county history society talk.

year: 2015

  • 7th November 2015: ‘Bloody Discontent: The Herefordshire arm of the Wyatt Rebellion’ at the Midland History 2015 Postgraduate Conference, Birmingham University.

  • 17th October 2015: Ashford Carbonell, Shropshire: ‘The battle of Cursneh Hill: Confirming a local myth’, general public talk.

  • 30th November 2015: Ashford Carbonell, Shropshire: ‘The battle of Cursneh Hill: Confirming a local myth’, general public talk.




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