Blair Worden

Research Professor in History

University of London

Blair Worden is a British historian, among the leading authorities on the period of the English Civil War and on relations between literature and history more generally in the early modern period. He matriculated as an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford, in 1963. After spending a year as a visiting student at Harvard he began graduate research at Oxford in 1967. After a period as a Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, teaching History, he took up a position as a Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. As of 2011 he is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He is well known for his revolutionary article "Oliver Cromwell and the Sin of Achan," which changed established historical perceptions about what exactly caused Cromwell to reject the offer of the Crown.

Professor Worden's selected books include The Rump Parliament 1648-53 (1974); The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan Politics (1996); Roundhead Reputations: the English Civil Wars and the Passions of Posterity (2001); Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England: John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham (2007); and The English Civil Wars 1640-1660 (2010).