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John Edwards, M.A. D.Phil, (Oxon)
Faculty Fellow in Spanish, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Correspondiente de la Real Academia de la Historia (Madrid).

John Edwards passed away in December 2023.


The history and culture of Spain in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with particular emphasis on religion and the European context.


The Spanish discovery of Mexico and the Antilles; the Spanish Inquisition and censorship in the Golden Age. Has lectured on 'Spanish literature in history, 1480-1620'.

Graduate supervision

Spanish religion and culture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


Select recent publications


'The Spanish Inquisition refashioned: the experience of Mary I's England and the
Valladolid tribunal, 1559', Hispanic Research Journal, vol.13 no. 1, pp. 41-54.


'Lucena, Lorenzo (1807-1881', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [life of the
first Taylor Teacher of Spanish].

Mary I. England's Catholic Queen (New Haven CT and London: Yale University Press).


'Bartolomé Carranza de Miranda's “Little treatise on how to attend Mass” (1555): a
translation', Reformation and Renaissance Review, vol. 11 no. 1 (dated 2009), pp. 91-120.


'Experiencing the Mass anew in Mary I's England: Bartolomé Carranza's “Little treatise”,
Reformation and Renaissance Review, vol. 9 no. 3 (dated 2007), pp. 265-276.

'The sanctity of Isabel la Católica, 1451-2004', in Spain of the Catholic Monarchs. Papers
for the Quincentenary conference (Bristol, 2004), ed. David Hook (Bristol: University of
Bristol), pp. 49-62.

'La nobleza y la gobernación de las ciudades castellanas, 1450-1521: el caso de Córdoba',
in Ciudades en conflicto (siglos XVI-XVIII), ed. José I. Fortea and Juan E. Gelabert
(Valladolid: Junta de Castilla y León and Marcial Pons Historia), pp. 127-135.

'New light on the converso debate? The Jewish Christianity of Alfonso de Cartagena and
Juan de Torquemada', in Cross, crescent and conversion. Studies in medieval Spain and
Christendom in memory of Richard Fletcher, ed. Simon Barton and Peter Linehan
(Leiden: Brill), pp. 311-326.


Isabel la Católica. Poder y fama, trans. Arantza Mayo (Madrid: Marcial Pons Historia).

Torquemada and the inquisitors (Stroud: Tempus Publishing) [re-issued in 2009 as

'Francisco Delicado (circa 1475-circa 1540?), in Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol.
318, Sixteenth-century Spanish writers, ed. Gregory B. Kaplan (Remington Hills MI:
Thomson Gale), pp. 51-55.


Ferdinand and Isabella (Harlow: Pearson Longman ['Profiles in Power'], re-issued as
Isabel de Castilla y Fernando de Aragón. Constructores de un régimen, trans. Nellie
Manso de Zúñiga (Madrid: Editorial Biblioteca Nueva, 2007).