The Info List - Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid Ninian John MacCulloch[needs IPA] Kt FSA FRHistS FBA (born 31 October 1951) is a British historian and academic, specialising in ecclesiastical history and the history of Christianity. Since 1995, he has been a fellow of St Cross College, Oxford; he was formerly the senior tutor. Since 1997, he has been Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford. Though ordained a deacon in the Church of England, he declined ordination to the priesthood because of the Church's attitude to homosexuality.[2] In 2009 he encapsulated the evolution of his religious beliefs: "I was brought up in the presence of the Bible, and I remember with affection what it was like to hold a dogmatic position on the statements of Christian belief. I would now describe myself as a candid friend of Christianity."[3] MacCulloch co-edits the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.


1 Life 2 Honours 3 Selected works

3.1 Filmography 3.2 Books 3.3 Critical studies, reviews and biography

4 References 5 Sources 6 External links

Life[edit] Diarmaid MacCulloch
Diarmaid MacCulloch
was born in Kent, England, to parents Nigel J. H. MacCulloch (an Anglican priest) and Jennie MacCulloch (née Chappell).[4] He attended Hillcroft Preparatory School and Stowmarket Grammar School in Suffolk. He subsequently studied history at Churchill College, Cambridge, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972; this was promoted to a Master of Arts degree in 1976. During that period, he was also organ scholar at the college. After completing a Diploma in Archive Administration at Liverpool University in 1973, he then returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD degree in 1977 on Tudor history under the supervision of Geoffrey Elton, combining this with a position as Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College. MacCulloch joined the Gay Christian Movement in 1976, serving twice on its committee and briefly as honorary secretary. From 1978 to 1990 he tutored at Wesley College, Bristol, and taught church history in the department of theology at the University of Bristol. He interrupted his teaching to study for the Oxford Diploma in Theology (awarded 1987) at Ripon College Cuddesdon. In 1987 he was ordained a deacon in the Church of England
Church of England
and from 1987 to 1988 he served as a non-stipendiary minister at All Saints' Clifton with St John's in the Diocese of Bristol. However, in response to a motion put before the General Synod in 1987 by Tony Higton regarding the sexuality of clergy, he declined ordination to the priesthood and ceased to minister at Clifton. Regarding the conflict between his homosexuality and the Church of England and his own retreat from orthodoxy he said:

I was ordained Deacon. But, being a gay man, it was just impossible to proceed further, within the conditions of the Anglican set-up, because I was determined that I would make no bones about who I was; I was brought up to be truthful, and truth has always mattered to me. The Church couldn't cope and so we parted company. It was a miserable experience.[2]

MacCulloch was awarded a Doctor of Divinity
Doctor of Divinity
(DD) degree by the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
in 2001; the DD is the highest degree awarded by the university. His book Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490–1700 (2003) won the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award and 2004 British Academy Book Prize, adding to his earlier success in carrying off the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Thomas Cranmer: A Life. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, was published in September 2009 with a related 6-part television series called A History of Christianity
which first aired on BBC4 in 2009 and then on BBC2 and BBC4 in 2010. The book won McGill University's Cundill Prize, a $75,000 prize, the largest such prize in Canada at the time.[5] In 2012, he wrote and presented How God Made the English, a three-part documentary series tracing the history of English identity from the Dark Ages to the present day.[6] In 2013 he presented a documentary on Thomas Cromwell
Thomas Cromwell
and his place in English ecclesiastical and political history. His 2015 series Sex and the Church explored how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history.[7] He sits on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press.[8] Honours[edit] MacCulloch was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) in 1978, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in 1982, and a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2001. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters
Doctor of Letters
(DLitt) degree by the University of East Anglia. He was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to scholarship.[9] While Debretts
gives his formal style as "Prof Sir",[10] MacCulloch has expressed the preference that he not be addressed in that manner, in accordance with protocol which dictates that clergy holding knighthoods are addressed as "Sir" only if so honoured before their ordination.[11][12]

1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Thomas Cranmer: A Life 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490–1700 2004 British Academy Book Prize for Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490–1700 2010 Hessell-Tiltman Prize
Hessell-Tiltman Prize
for A History of Christianity 2010 Cundill Prize for A History of Christianity

Selected works[edit] Filmography[edit]

A History of Christianity (2009) Henry VIII's Enforcer: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell
Thomas Cromwell
(2013) Sex and the Church (2015)


MacCulloch, Diarmaid (1986). Suffolk
and the Tudors : politics and religion in an English county 1500-1600. Oxford: Clarendon Press.  MacCulloch, Diarmaid (1987). Groundwork of Christian History. London: Epworth Press.  The Later Reformation
in England (1990) Henry VIII: Politics, Policy, and Piety (1995) Thomas Cranmer: A Life (1996) Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation

republished as The Boy King: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation (2001)

Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490–1700 (2003)

republished as The Reformation: A History (2005)

A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. London, Allen Lane. (2009) ISBN 978-0-7139-9869-6 Silence: A Christian History. London, Allen Lane. (2013) All Things Made New: The Reformation
The Reformation
and its Legacy. London, Allen Lane. (2016)

Critical studies, reviews and biography[edit]

Rubin, Miri (November 2013). "[Review of Silence : a Christian history]". Reviews. History Today. 63 (11): 63–64. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 


^ https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/access/content/group/stx/Website%20Documentation/Fellows%20Documents/MacCulloch%20CV.pdf ^ a b BBC Press Office (2009): A History Of Christianity ^ A History of Christianity, 11. ^ MacCulloch, Diarmaid (c. 2011). Curriculum Vitae: Diarmaid Ninian John MacCulloch (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2017.  ^ "Search". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 15 November 2010.  ^ How God Made the English at BBC Programmes ^ MacCulloch, Diarmaid (Apr 2015). "Sex and the Church". BBC 2. Retrieved Apr 23, 2015.  ^ Princeton University Press, European Advisory Board Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 1.  ^ "Prof Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch's Biography". Debrett's. Retrieved 11 April 2012.  ^ Tim Walker (9 January 2012). "Please, not Sir". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 April 2012.  ^ Matt Pickles (5 January 2012). "Behind the shining armour". Arts at Oxford. University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 


Crockford's Clerical Directory; 97th edition (London: Church House Publishing, 2001), p. 477. LGBT Religious Archives Network: profile: Diarmaid MacCulloch

External links[edit]

Profile on the website of St Cross College, Oxford Curriculum vitæ Diarmaid MacCulloch
Diarmaid MacCulloch
on IMDb A History Of Christianity
on BBC website

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Winners of the Wolfson History Prize


Michael Howard / Keith Thomas (1972) W. L. Warren / Frances Yates
Frances Yates
(1973) Moses Finley / Theodore Zeldin (1974) Frances Donaldson / Olwen Hufton (1975) Nikolaus Pevsner
Nikolaus Pevsner
/ Norman Stone (1976) Denis Mack Smith / Simon Schama
Simon Schama
(1977) Alistair Horne (1978) Richard Cobb
Richard Cobb
/ Quentin Skinner / Mary Soames
Mary Soames


Robert Evans / F. S. L. Lyons (1980) John Wyon Burrow (1981) John McManners (1982) Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert
/ Kenneth Rose (1983) Antonia Fraser
Antonia Fraser
/ Maurice Keen (1984) Richard Davenport-Hines / John Grigg (1985) J. H. Elliott / Jonathan Israel (1986) Rees Davies / John Pemble (1987) Richard Evans / Paul Kennedy
Paul Kennedy
(1988) Richard A. Fletcher / Donald Cameron Watt
Donald Cameron Watt


Colin Platt (1990) John Bossy / Allan Bullock
Allan Bullock
(1991) Linda Colley / Robert Skidelsky
Robert Skidelsky
(1992) Robert Bartlett / Barbara Harvey (1993) Fiona MacCarthy / John C. G. Röhl (1994) H. C. G. Matthew (1995) Orlando Figes (1996) John Brewer / Patricia Hollis
Patricia Hollis
(1997) Antony Beevor
Antony Beevor
/ Amanda Vickery (1998) Joanna Bourke / Andrew Roberts (1999)


Ian Kershaw
Ian Kershaw
/ Mark Mazower / Roy Porter (2000) Barry Cunliffe
Barry Cunliffe
/ Jerry White (2001) William Dalrymple / Robert Gildea
Robert Gildea
(2002) Frances Harris / Julian T. Jackson / Diarmaid MacCulloch
Diarmaid MacCulloch
(2003) Richard Overy
Richard Overy
/ David Reynolds (2004) Evelyn Welch / Christopher Wickham (2005) Chris Clark / Vic Gatrell
Vic Gatrell
/ Adam Tooze (2006) John Darwin / Rosemary Hill (2007) Mary Beard / Margaret M. McGowan (2008) Dominic Lieven
Dominic Lieven
/ Jonathan Sumption
Jonathan Sumption


Ruth Harris / Nicholas Thomas (2010) Susie Harries / Alexandra Walsham (2011) Susan Brigden / Christopher Duggan (2012) Cyprian Broodbank / Catherine Merridale
Catherine Merridale
(2013) Richard Vinen / Alexander Watson (2014) Robin Lane Fox
Robin Lane Fox
/ Nikolaus Wachsmann (2015) Christopher de Hamel (2016)

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