Dr Matt Phillpott

IHR Digital Projects Officer

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Matt Phillpott is Project Officer for the IHR Digital Seminar and Research Training Project, which will place research course materials alongside podcasts of IHR research seminars in an online virtual environment. Before joining the IHR, Matt completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2009, and worked as a researcher for the digital John Foxe Project and as an assistant for the HumBox repository at the Humanities Research Institute. Matt has also taught on several undergraduate courses at Sheffield’s Department of History on medieval and early modern topics.

Research and publications

Matt’s research interests include the English reformation, the history of the book, and early modern scholarly networks. Matt is particularly interested in the appropriation of pre-reformation texts by reformist scholars in the late sixteenth-century. At present he is exploring the catalogues of historical writers written by John Bale as a precursor to John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (Book of Martyrs).


  • Matthew J. Phillpott, 'Anglo-Norman and Plantagenet kingship in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs', prefatory essays, John Foxe, Acts and Monuments [...], The Variorum Edition [online] (hriOnline, Sheffield, 2009) (http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/foxe/) (2011)
  • Commentaries for Books 2-4 of the Acts and Monuments and transcription digitalisation for Books 3-5, of the 1576 edition of the Acts and Monuments. John Foxe, Acts and Monuments [...], The Variorum Edition [online] (hriOnline, Sheffield, 2009).  (http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/foxe/) (2011)
  • ‘The compilation of a sixteenth-century ecclesiastical history: the use of Matthew Paris in John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments’, The Medieval Chronicle VII (2011)
  • Mark Greengrass and Matthew J Phillpott, 'John Bale, John Foxe and the Reformation of the English Past', Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 101 (2010), pp. 275-288.
  • Matthew Phillpott, 'A landscape study of the deserted medieval settlement of Arras, East Yorkshire', Medieval Settlement Research Group, Annual Report No. 20 (2005), pp. 31-33.



  • Matthew J. Phillpott, ‘Rectifying the “ignoraunce of history”: John Foxe and the Collaborative Reformation of England’s Past’, unpublished ph.D (University of Sheffield, September 2009)