After some thirty years of teaching and raising a family, I took early retirement in 1985 and presently returned to academic study. This led in 1993 to a Ph.D., ‘The Faith of the First Quakers’. I have been involved with the CRQS since its inception.
M.A. Oxon. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, B.D. London (External), Ph.D. Birmingham
Teaching and Supervision Topics
Seventeenth century Quakerism
I am currently preparing a monograph on George Whitehead for the Brill Research Series.
I encountered Quakers at Oxford and have been a member since 1954. Long experience of Quaker structures and business method has fuelled my interest in their seventeenth century origins. Otherwise, I tend my garden, go walking, keep in touch with my family and join in with the local U3A.
- The Light in Their Consciences: Early Quakers in Britain 1646-1666. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
- The History of the Life of Thomas Ellwood, Written by Himself. (New edition with new introduction) Walnut Creek: Altamira (International Sacred Literature Trust), 2004.
- (With R. Melvin Keiser) Knowing the Mystery of Life Within: Selected Writings of Isaac Penington in their Historical and Theological Context. London: Quaker Books, 2005
- Co-operating editor, Protestant Nonconformist Texts Volume 1. R. Tudur Jones, ed. Aldershot: Ashcroft 2007.
- (With Richard C. Allen and others) The Quakers 1656-1723: The Evolution of an Alternative Community. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018.
- I have published a number of articles and book chapters on early Quaker history.
- I have compiled annotated lists of Quaker and anti-Quaker books 1650-1666 which are available on the Woodbrooke website. Similar lists covering the years up to 1685 are not yet ready for publication but can be obtained from me.