Dr Liam Peter Temple
BA (Hons), MRes, PhD, AFHEA

Historian of early modern religion
North East, England.

Personal Profile

  • Publication record including monograph and peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Provision of careers advice and guidance to learners in higher and further education.
  • Knowledge of marketing, creative design and web maintenance.
  • Success in capturing external funding and fellowships.
  • Passionate about public engagement and wider outreach.

Current Employment

2021- Present            Capuchin Fellow in the History of Catholicism, Durham University

Previous Employment

2019- 2020                 Associate Lecturer, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

2017- 2020                 School Liaison, Digital Marketing and Social Media Officer, Bishop Auckland College

2015-2016                  Associate Lecturer, History Department, Northumbria University

2014-2015                  Associate Tutor, History Department, Northumbria University

2012-2013                  Associate Lecturer, History Department, University of Sunderland

Professional Affiliations

2015 - Present            Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


PhD in History, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Thesis Title: Holy and Peculiar People: Mysticks and Mystical Theology in England, 1605 – 1705.
Supervisors: Dr Gaby Mahlberg, Dr Neil Murphy.
Examiner: Dr Ariel Hessayon (Goldsmiths, University of London)

MRes History (Distinction), Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Thesis Title: Gender in Medieval English Mysticism
Supervisors: Dr Gaby Mahlberg, Mr Howard Wickes

B.A. (Hons) History (1st Class), Northumbria University, Newcastle.



Mysticism in Early Modern England (Boydell and Brewer, 2019).

Book Chapters:

‘George Herbert’, in R. Rittgers and V. Evener (eds.), Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (Brill, 2019), pp. 328–348.

Journal Articles:

'Protestant readers of Catholic spirituality in seventeenth-century England' forthcoming in Catholic Archives (2021).

'Mysticism and Identity amongst the English Poor Clares', Church History, Vol. 88, No. 3 (2019), pp. 645-71.

‘The Mysticism of Augustine Baker, OSB: A Reconsideration’, Reformation and Renaissance Review, Vol. 19, No. 3 (2017), pp. 213-30.

‘“Have we any mother Juliana's among us?” The Multiple Identities of Julian of Norwich in Restoration England’, British Catholic History, Vol 33, No. 3 (2017), pp. 383-400.

‘Returning the English “Mystics” To Their Medieval Milieu: Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe and Bridget of Sweden’, Women’s Writing, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2016), pp. 141-58.


Book Reviews:

'The Persistence of Mysticism in Catholic Europe (Part 3) by Bernard McGinn', forthcoming in Journal of Ecclesiastical History

'Confessional Mobility & English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe by Liesbeth Corens', forthcoming in Catholic Archives.

'Convent Autobiography: Early Modern English Nuns in Exile by Victoria Van Hyning', Church History, Vol. 89, No. 2 (2020), pp. 467 - 69.

‘Mannock Strickland (1683–1744): Agent to English convents in Flanders. Letters and accounts from exile, ed. Richard G. Williams’, Archives (2017).

‘Jane Lead in her Transnational Context, ed. Ariel Hessayon’. Reviews in History. (Published online November 2016).

‘Women Prophets and Radical Protestantism in the British Atlantic World, 1640-1740 by Elizabeth Bouldin’, History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (Published online May 2016).

‘Mysticism and Reform, 1400-1750, eds. Sara S. Poor and Nigel Smith’, British Catholic History, Vol. 33, No. 1 (2016), pp. 151-53.

‘The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism (1350-1550), by Bernard McGinn’, Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures, Vol. 39 (2013), pp. 243-47.

Teaching and Professional Duties

Capuchin Fellow in the History of Catholicism, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

  • Publish research outputs concerning the Capuchins and their relationship with Great Britain that places this relationship in the widest possible context.
  • Plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences including research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences.
  • Liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration.
  • Help support and develop the life of the Centre for Catholic Studies.
  • Engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.

2019- 2020
Associate Lecturer, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

  • Deliver a range of lectures on medieval and early modern religion on the team-led first year module ‘Introduction to the History of Christianity’.
  • Set formative and summative essay and exam questions for students.
  • Provide academic and pastoral support to students as and when needed.

2017- 2020
School Liaison, Social Media & Digital Marketing Officer, Bishop Auckland College.

  • Design and deliver a range of marketing projects, both traditional and digital. This includes designing resources for publication, setting up digital campaigns using a range of platforms, reporting on campaigns using Google Analytics, and producing press releases.
  • Maintenance of two college websites and social media platforms, posting regular updates and responding to messages as needed. This includes content creation and the creation of social media campaigns linked to key strategic marketing priorities.
  • Work closely with careers staff to provide quality careers information, advice and guidance to students, including 1:1 careers interviews and advice on applying to university.
  • Develop and maintain professional network of contacts at all local secondary and further education providers, supporting at careers events as needed. Deliver assemblies, talks and workshops on various topics as requested.
  • Organize and co-ordinate large scale ‘Have a Go’ days for around 800 visiting Year 10 school students per year.

Associate Lecturer, History Department, Northumbria University.

  •  Module leader for ‘Reformations and Revolutions in Early Modern Britain’ (second-year, semester 1) and ‘Sex and the City: Urban Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain’ (third-year, semester 2).  Redeveloped the module structure/reading lists before delivery.
  • Delivered seminar tuition as part of a small team of lecturers on the History MA (by distance) online course. Responsible for student engagement and retention. Facilitated student use of podcasts, videos and Skype sessions.
  • Responsible for all essay and examination marking on the courses. Liaised with other internal and external contacts for moderation feedback, plagiarism cases and examination boards.

Associate Tutor, History Department, Northumbria University.

  • Planned and delivered lectures and seminars on a range of topics including ‘Religious Radicalism in the English Civil Wars’, ‘The Black Death’, ‘The Roman Empire’, and ‘Charles I’ to students in all three years of undergraduate study.
  • Contributed informal advice to a number of dissertation students interested in early modern history.

Associate Lecturer, History Department, University of Sunderland.

  • Revised and delivered a third-year module ‘Heresy, Intolerance and Beyond, 1550- 1765’ for two consecutive years. First marker on all assessed work. Co-ordinated both internal and external moderation.



  • Certified Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in acknowledgement of my teaching experience within HE settings.
  • Responsible for delivering several modules on early modern religious and social history at all undergraduate levels at various North-East universities.
  • Worked with colleagues to deliver a shared first-year module on medieval and early modern history of the British Isles and Europe.
  • Provided informal dissertation advice to final year undergraduates.


  • Effective at day-to-day lecturer admin tasks including recording attendance, examination panels, moderation, office hours and pastoral duties.
  • Experienced at setting and marking essay and exam questions within a tight deadline for prompt return to students.
  • Successfully co-convened the postgraduate conference Expanding Horizons: Initiatives in Diverse Research at Northumbria University in May 2012, for which I secured £100 of funding from a local business to fund registration and catering costs. Designed website and promotional material.


  • Substantial experience of delivering confidently to a range of audiences.
  • Worked efficiently within teams both in academic and non-academic settings.
  • Active on social media in a professional capacity. Maintain own website to promote research findings.
  • Published several peer reviewed articles as well as book reviews in influential publications.
  • Skilled advisor of FE and HE students. Experienced at working with students from a diverse range of backgrounds.


  • OCR Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance
  • MHFA Certificate in Mental Health First Aid
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificates in Equality and Diversity; Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties; Young People’s Mental Health.


  • Confident with a range of IT packages including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Experienced user of eLearning portals/blackboard. Promoter of e-learning and online resources for students.

Funding and Scholarships

2020 - Catholic Record Society Research Grant (£940)
Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund Publication Grant (£500)
2017- Durham University IMEMS Library Fellowship (£1,500).
2013- The Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund Archival Research Grant (£800).

2015- Northumbria Graduate School Travel Grant (£250).
2014- Northumbria Graduate School Travel Grant (£250).
2012-15- Northumbria University PhD Studentship (£53,528).
2011-12- Northumbria University MRes Studentship (£4,050).

Impact and Engagement

  • Delivered a public lecture to over 100 people on ‘The Poor Clares of Darlington’ in June 2018, raising over £300 for a local church restoration scheme through ticket revenue.
  • Member of various networks and societies including Catholic Record Society, the Mystical Theology Network (Oxford) and Royal Historical Society. Steering committee member for the History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (H-WRBI).
  • Contributed to the annual AHRC funded ‘Being Human’ festival. Developed and delivered a panel entitled ‘Defining Liberty in the 18th Century’ to an audience of the general public in 2014 as part of a team of PhD students. Contributed to a public tour of Newcastle entitled ‘Historical Newcastle, c. 1400-1800’ in 2015.
  • Responsible for the unearthing of a rare ‘Geneva’ bible and cataloguing the Parochial library at Saint Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington. Received local press attention for the project.
  • Maintain own website to disseminate research findings, publications and conference papers to a wider non-academic audience.
  • Organized visits to several local colleges as a PhD candidate to lead discussions about early modern history/studying at university with the aim of encouraging applications to Northumbria.


Recent Conference Papers

  • ‘“Fellow Waiters … of the first Resurrection”: Philadelphian mystics and their networks’. Invited to speak at Thinking with Mysticism, University of York (May, 2019).
  • ‘Crossing the Divide: Monasticism and Mysticism in the writings of the English Philadelphians’. Presented at Early Modern Orders and Disorders: Religious Orders and British and Irish Catholicism, University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway (June 2017). [International Conference]
  • ‘“To the Reader who is not Catholike”: Benedictine texts and their Protestant readership in mid-seventeenth century England’. Presented at Reformation Studies Colloquium, Newcastle University (September, 2016). [International Conference]
  • ‘Mysticism and Catholicism in late Stuart England’. Invited to speak at Institute of Historical Research, London (March, 2016).
  • ‘“Mysticks in all Parts, & of all Denominations”: The Philadelphian Society and “Mysticall Divinity” in late seventeenth-century England’. Presented at Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe: Integration or Separation, Durham University (July, 2015). [International Conference]
  • ‘“A neerer, a more familiar, and beyond all expression comfortable conversation with God”: Attitudes towards mystical theology and medieval ‘mystics’ in Restoration England’. Presented at Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815), Goldsmiths: University of London (June, 2014). [International Conference]