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Professor William Doyle FBA

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About this Fellow

History of eighteenth century Europe, particularly France



Current post

  • Professor Emeritus of History and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Modern History, University of Nottingham, 1981 - 1985
  • Professor of History, University of Bristol, University of Bristol, 1986 - 2008
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in History, University of York, 1967 - 1981
  • Professor Emeritus of History and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, University of Bristol, 2008 - 1970


France and the Age of Revolution:Regimes Old and New from Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte 2013


Origins of the French Revolution 1980


The Oxford history of the French Revolution 1989


Venality: the sale of offices in 18th century France 1996


Aristocracy and its Enemies in the Age of Revolution 2009


Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Professor Boyd Hilton

Late 18th and 19th century British history; political and cultural developments, theology and religious belief, social and economic thought.

Professor Richard McCabe

Early modern literature in its historical and intellectual contexts, especially poetry and drama; Edmund Spenser's engagement with Gaelic Ireland, the dynamics of Tudor and Jacobean patronage, the aesthetics of Renaissance tragedy.

Mr Robin Briggs

The social, religious and political history of early modern Europe, especially France; the French Catholic Church and the history of witchcraft

Professor Brian Cummings

Renaissance humanism and European literature 1450-1700; the history of religion in relation to the history of the book; literary theory and the history of philosophy