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Research Profile

Dr Toby

Senior Lecturer in Education (ECYP)

  • Toby holds a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford (1992), a Master of Studies (MSt) in Historical Research also from Oxford (1995) and a PhD from the University of Southampton (2001). He specialised in Medieval History at postgraduate level, with special reference to aristocratic societies in the period c1066-c1500. In 2001 Toby also gained a PGCE from the University of Bath. He taught to classroom level, head of department and finally deputy head i/c academic in a variety of maintained, independent and FE institutions before returning to HE.

  • Toby teaches on the following EDU modules:

    • 1003 (Recent and Contemporary Issues in Education)
    • 1031 (Introduction to Education Studies Part B)
    • 1032 (Introduction to Education Studies Part A)
    • 2025 (Transitions for Children, Young People and their Families)
    • 2026 (History of Childhood)
    • 2029 (Education and Heritage)
    • 3004 (Education, Culture & Society)
    • 3039 (Critical Perspectives on Current Education Practices)
    • Leading on the 1031, 1032, 2026, 2029, 3004, and 3039 modules.
  • Toby is currently writing a book titled The Making of England: from Rome to Reformation due for publication in 2021 (Amberley Publishing). He is also working on issues around the secondary history teaching curriculum and further research on later medieval aristocracy.

    He is also involved in researching the Holocaust, visits to museums and camps and their impact on students.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Toby Purser’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • Textbooks

    • The First Crusade and the Crusader States, 1073-1192, (Heinemann, 2010)
    • Raiders and Traders: The British Isles c.400-1100 (Heinemann, 2006)
    • Power and Control: Kingship in the Middle Ages c.1100-1500 (Heinemann, 2006)
    • Medieval England, 1042-1228 (Heinemann 2004)

    Historical Fiction

    • The Zaharoff Conspiracy (Methuen, 2014)


    • ‘All Quiet on the Western Front?’ Innovations teaching magazine (2008)
    • ‘Excavation Stations’ TES Magazine (Feb 2008)
    • ‘The Origins of English Feudalism? An Episcopal Land-Grant Revisited,’ Historical Research 73 (February 2000), pp.80-92
    • ‘William FitzOsbern, Earl of Hereford: Personality and Power on the Welsh Frontier, 1066-1071,’ in Armies, Chivalry and Warfare in Medieval France and Britain, ed. M Strickland (1998), pp. 133-146.
    • ‘Castles of Herefordshire’ Medieval History (1994)