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

Historian of early modern religion
North East, England.

Personal Profile

  • Flourishing publication record including monograph and journal articles.
  • Breadth of teaching experience at undergraduate and MA levels.
  • Passionate about public engagement and wider outreach.
  • Successful in capturing external funding/fellowships.


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.

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 (Under contract with Boydell and Brewer).

Book Chapters:

‘Anglicans and Mysticism’, in R. Rittgers and V. Evener (eds.), Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (Forthcoming, Brill, 2018).

Journal Articles:

‘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:

‘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.

Employment History

2017- Present
School Liaison Officer & Tutorial Co-ordinator, Bishop Auckland College.

  •  Co-ordinate and deliver both taught and online group tutorial sessions to all full-time students. This is an additional responsibility awarded due to promotion during probation period.
  • Deliver clear and accessible presentations, assemblies and career sessions to secondary, FE and HE students.
  • Organize and co-ordinate large scale ‘Have a Go’ days at the college for around 500 visiting Year 10 school students per year. Develop and maintain professional network of contacts at all local secondary and further education providers.
  • Liaise with the University of Sunderland for the provision and marketing of HE courses at their ‘HE Gateway’ at the college.
  • Devise, deliver and evaluate marketing projects within the Marketing department. Liaise closely and effectively with staff in the careers and admissions departments towards shared target driven goals.

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.


  • Range of departmental training at Northumbria as a PhD student including Public Engagement, Getting Published, Copyright Essentials, REF 2020, Endnote, Being a Lecturer, and Sourcing External Funding.


  • 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

2017- Durham University IMEMS Library Fellowship (£1,500).
2013- The Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study or Practice of Christian Mysticism 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

  • 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

  • ‘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]