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Authors and Guest Speakers

Todd Gray

Dr Gray is a historian of Devon, long based at Exeter University.  He is the author of more than 40 books on various aspects of Devon’s history including most recently with Sue Jackson, St Martin’s Island, a study commissioned by Historic England. He is Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Exeter and former chairman or president of the Devonshire Association, Devon & Cornwall Record Society, Friends of Devon’s Archives and Devon Family History Society.


Todd is appearing at Desert Island Documents


Mark Stoyle

Having completed my undergraduate studies in History and Archaeology, I went on to undertake a DPhil thesis at St Peter’s College, Oxford. I then held a Scouloudi Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London and a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Exeter before being appointed to my present post at Southampton. 
I specialise in early modern British history, with particular research interests in the British crisis of the 1640s; witchcraft; urban society; and cultural, ethnic and religious identity in Wales and Cornwall between 1450 and 1700. I have written a score of scholarly articles and seven monographs, including Soldiers and Strangers: An Ethnic History of the English War (Yale University Press, 2005); The Black Legend of Prince Rupert’s Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War (University of Exeter Press, 2011); and Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter (University of Exeter Press, 2014). 
I have also appeared on many local and national radio and TV programmes, including: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’; ‘The World at One’; ‘The Long View’; ‘Making History’; ‘The Great British Story’, ‘Inside Out’; ‘Word of Mouth’ and ‘The Roots of English’. 
I am a former member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society and I currently sit on the editorial advisory panel of BBC History Magazine.  In 2012, I received a Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award in recognition of my outstanding contribution to education at the University of Southampton.

Mark is appearing at Desert Island Documents


The organisers reserve the right to make changes to speakers due to unforeseen circumstances.