People and piety – Q&A with Elizabeth Clarke and Robert W. Daniel

Posted by Rebecca Mortimer - Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020


How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?

‘This book provides an up-to-date analysis of the social, material and literary forms of devotional identities during England’s Long Reformation.’

What book in your field has inspired you the most?

There are so many….  most recently John Coffey (eds) The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Volume I: The Post-Reformation Era, c. 1559–c. 1689 (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

While compiling the book, we presented our research at conferences in France, Canada, South Africa, Italy, England, Scotland and Wales (quite the global sojourn).

Which writing process do you use (computer, longhand, dictate, other)?

A combination of computer, longhand, and iPad.

Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

The press has recently produced a series of outstanding scholarly works in the field. It’s a real honour to be placed among them.

What are you working on now?

A monograph about Religious Writing and Popular Piety in Early Modern England.

If you could go back and give yourself once piece of advice when starting out on this project, what would it be?

To include more visual illustrations of the rare or recently discovered manuscript works discussed in the volume.

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Poetry, scientific non-fiction; ancient history; fantasy novels, British Civil War fiction/non-fiction.

Which authors (academic and not) would you invite to a dinner party?

Between the two of us too many to list here, but mostly colleagues and dear friends.

People and piety is available now.


Elizabeth Clarke is Professor Emeritus in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.


Robert W. Daniel is Associate Tutor in English at the University of Warwick.







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